These partly enamelled stoneware animals made in China or Japan, are very characteristic of the taste of Collectors of the second half of the 18th century. Several of these types of object are mentioned in the sale catalogues of the time. For example, the 1748 sale of Mr Angran, Viscount of Fonspertuis, lot 200 which presented a figure of a daguet, and a model of a young doe was sold from the Guiraud Collection, December 10, 1971, lot 10. Furthermore, a pair of buffaloes are cited in the Gaignat sale of 1769, lot 113, together with hawks and eagles described under lots 119 and 120. The Gaignat sale of 1768 is cited in the note to Lot 32 in the present catalogue.
The inventory after the death of Jacques-Laure Letonnelier of Breteuil, Bailiff of Breteuil, established on 31 August, 1785 mentions at number 463, Deux canards d'ancienne terre des Indes 24 livres. In the sale of 16 January, 1786 at Lot 174, two Japanese ducks of similar size are described as, Deux canards d'ancienne terre du Japon, dont quelques parties sont vernissées ; tous deux posés sur des plinthes de forme ronde à moulure et brettées. Hauteur 11 pouces, largeur 8 pouces , 120 livres à Julliot.
A pair of ducks without mounts from the Collection of Mrs. Henry Farman has been sold in Paris, 15 March 1973, lot 15.
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