A MEISSEN GROUP OF EUROPA AND THE BULL CIRCA 1750
modeled by Johann Friedrich Eberlein, with Europa seated on the back of the bull and attended by two female figures, one placing a garland of flowers around the bull's neck, on a mound base applied with flowers and leaves, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue to edge of base at rear.
Height: 8⅝ in.
Fine firing related hair cracks running across the underside of the base beneath the kneeling figure, running up through her draped lower leg; and around the opposite end of the base, beneath the seated figure. Some minor chips, losses and restored chips to applied flowers and leaves overall. Bouquet offered to Europa restored.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Chastel de la Howardie
Christie's London, October 11, 1976, lot 96
Angela Gräfin von Wallwitz, Munich, March 2006
von Wallwitz, 2006, pp. 162-5, cat. no. 29
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 55, p. 267, illus.