Lot 36
  • 36

A Meissen figure of a dove circa 1740

3,000 - 4,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • porcelain
with head turned to the left, with bands of black, brown and grey plumage and iron-red beak, legs and feet, on a mound base applied with leaves, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue, twice impressed 45, (minor restoration)


Christie's London, 24th February 1997, lot 284

Catalogue Note

For the pair, see Albiker (1959), pl. 24, no. 77; another pair was in the C. H. Fischer collection, see the Catalogue, pl. V, nos. 219 and 220.

A pair of these doves was sold at Christie's Geneva, 13th November 1989, lot 85. Of single doves from this pair sold at auction, almost all are examples of the pendent to this figure; see Sotheby's Monaco, 27th June 1984, lots 3580 to 3583, and Christie's, 25th November 1991, lot 308.  The only other example of this left-turning model in recent years was at Sotheby's London, 5th May 1970, lot 97.