A Meissen group of billing doves circa 1740-50
4,000 - 6,000 GBP
bidding is closed
modelled by J. J. Kändler, their plumage enriched in shades of purple, grey and black, on an oval mound base applied with flowers and leaves, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue (minor restoration)
The Nelson Rockefeller Collection, Sotheby's New York, 11th April 1980, lot 177
This is presumably the group modelled by Kändler between April and June 1738: '1 paar kleine Täubgen, so einander schnäbeln.' [1 pair of small doves, billing together.] Similar models are illustrated by Albiker (1959), no. 114; and Kunze-Köllensperger (1999), no. 114, though the heads of the birds seem to differ considerably, with the present examples having longer beaks and more elegantly shaped wings than some, notably the Albiker group.