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Lot 35
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A pair of Meissen figures of bullfinches 1747-55

Estimate
5,000 - 8,000 GBP
Sold
16,250 GBP
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Description

  • porcelain
modelled by J. J. Kändler, their heads turned slightly left and right, naturalistically painted with russet-red breasts, grey body plumage and black heads and tail feathers (some restoration)

Provenance

Christie's London, 11th March 1996, lot 187

Catalogue Note

Kändler's work records for October 1747 report: '5. Einen Vogel Giempel genannt nach dem Leben aufs Natürlichste modelliret Wie selbiger auf einem Wie natürlich gewachsenen aste sietzet.' [5. Modelled most naturally from life a bird called a Bullfinch perched on a branch, modelled as it grows in nature.]; '6. Annoch einen dergleichen Giempel in einer anderen Wendung gegen Ersteren zu setzen, auf Vorige Weise nach dem Leben modelliret' [6. Modelled another Bullfinch of the same kind in a different pose, to stand turning towards the other, done from life like the one before].
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