A Rare Meissen figure of a Pied Wagtail circa 1733
Christie's London, 30th June 1986, lot 19
By the time of the 1770 inventory, six remained in the collection; two were sold at the Johanneum sale in 1919. No wagtails now remain in the Dresden State Art Collections. Two of these earliest models of the wagtail were sold from the Guttmann Collection, Christie's, 5th July 2004, lots 166 and 167; see Röbbig (2008), cat. no. 1.
A slightly smaller version of the same figure was created with the help of J. G. Ehder in 1740 (see the following lot).
Another pied wagtail, this time on a shorter, mossy stump, was also produced, probably a few years later; see Christie's London, 7th July 1977, lot 358 and Hackenbroch (1956), pl. 7, fig. 20.