A Meissen figure of a green parrot circa 1740
- height 7 3/8 in.
- 19 cm
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'1: Einen Pappagoy in Thon poußiret große Sorte Vor Mons. Huiet. Daß solcher gegen den ehemals Von mir gefertigeten Pappagoy siehet.' [Modelled a large parrot in clay for Mons. Huet (Jean-Charles Huet, marchand-mercier). That this one is looking against the former model completed by me.]
'3: Zwey Pappagoyen Von Ziemlicher Größe auf einem großen Ast sietzend in Thon Poußiret Vor Mons. Huiet. Zwar daß solche gegen einander sehen.' [3: modelled in clay two parrots of suitable size, seated on a big branch for Mons. Huet. Namely, they are facing each other.]
'2. Zwey Pappagoyen Von Ziemlicher Größe aufs Waaren Laager in Thon poußiret und Sauberes Belege Zu deßen postamente gefertiget. Von zweyerley Arth.' [2: modelled in clay two parrots of suitable size for the warehouse and completed clean supports for their pedestals. Of two types.]
The lack of description in the work records seems to indicate that these birds were a generic type of parrot modelled by Kändler, with only variations in the enamels and the modeling of the tree stumps.
Similar examples from the Collection of Sir Gawaine & Lady Baillie were sold in Sotheby's London, May 1, 2013, lots 80-83.
Sotheby's Scientific Research department used noninvasive XRF for this lot to screen the green enamel for chromium, which was not detected.