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A MEISSEN SMALL FIGURE OF A PARROT, CIRCA 1740

Estimate:

5,000

to
- 7,000 USD

A MEISSEN SMALL FIGURE OF A PARROT, CIRCA 1740

A MEISSEN SMALL FIGURE OF A PARROT, CIRCA 1740

Estimate:

5,000

to
- 7,000 USD

Lot sold:

3,780

USD

A MEISSEN SMALL FIGURE OF A PARROT

CIRCA 1740


modelled by Johann Joachim Kändler, perched on a low stump applied with oak leaves, its plumage covered in blue, red, green, puce and yellow, traces of crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue

height 5 3/4 in.

14.6 cm

In generally good appearance. The piece has been broken and restored. It is completely sprayed making it difficult to determine extent of damage present. There is a patch of over-paint to the blue head feathers and tip of right blue tail feathers.


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.

Christie's London, 24 February, 1997, lot 283
Christie's London, 5 July, 2004, lot 163
Melitta Kunze-Köllensperger, Alexanders Tiere, Sammlung Axel Guttmann, Band VII, Mainz 1999, pp. 84-85, no. 96.
The figure is of the 'medium sort' modelled by Kändler in 1740, most likely designed to suit gilt-bronze mounts commissioned by Parisian marchands-merciers. A parrot of the pairing model to the present lot, mounted on a Louis XV gilt-bronze timepiece stamped with French tax mark of a crowned C Couronné (1745-1749), was in the Collection of Sir Gawaine and Lady Baillie, sold at Sotheby's London, 1 May, 2013, lot 85.

Sotheby's Scientific Research department used noninvasive XRF for this lot to screen the green enamel for chromium, which was not detected.