TWO MEISSEN FIGURES OF GOLDEN ORIOLES, CIRCA 1733-40 AND 1745
TWO MEISSEN FIGURES OF GOLDEN ORIOLES
CIRCA 1733-40 AND 1745
modeled by Johann Joachim Kändler, each with yellow and black plumage, the taller perched on a slender stump, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue to rear of base, the other on a stump applied with leafy branches
height of tallest 11 3/4 in.
Bird perched on plain stump - beak restored back on; restored chips to end of tail feathers. Small chips around bottom edge of base. Small oval firing flaw under left leg (stained crack, could be cleaned) Bird on leafy stump - broken off base near the top and restored back on, the repair overpainted in green. Small section of applied branch chipped away, some chips and losses to leaves. Bird's tail has been broken off and glued back on. Front edge of bird's left wing has been broken off and glued back on. Beak is restored, and probably mostly a made up replacement. Two claws are chipped away. The bird has apparent faint repaired breaks to the neck area, which are under the enamel and presumably happened at the biscuit firing stage. Please note this bird was described by Christies in 2006 as later decorated. In our opinion this does not appear to be later decoration. The restoration and repair on both birds is old and should be re-done.
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