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CIRCA 1745

modelled by Johann Joachim Kändler and Johann Gottlieb Ehder, each with blue and black plumage, perched on high leafy stumps, one applied with a smaller bird and the other with a large beetle, one with impressed numeral 26

height 15 in. and 13 in.

38.2 cm and 33 cm

Both are in overall good appearance. Each has traces of restoration, which is of a good quality and does not require further attention. Example with beetle. Chips to antennae of beetle. The majority of leaves on base with spray which is starting to flake showing the leaves to be in generally good condition. The bird's raised left wing restored at its join at the body, with associated spray to turquoise blue feathers on either side of its wing. Example with a small nesting bird. Restoration to most leaves on base, the green small bird with spray to tail feathers and body. The short branch stump on base restored and surrounding area of white with ground with over-zealous spray. To large bid, restoration to beak, right wing restored, black base feathers of left wing 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.

Christie's London, 24 February, 1997, lot 286
Rollers, Mandel Kraen, Mandel Grahnen, are first mentioned in Kändler's work records of August 1735: "Eine Mandel Krahe angefangen welche ins Königl. Balläis gehörigan welcher aber noch etwas zu fertigen übrig verbieben", [“Started a roller for the Royal Palace order, but it still has some work to be done on it]; and again in September 1735: "...die Mandel Krahe follend fertig gemacht wie sie auf einem vielen Laub bewachßenen Stocke sitzet darauf verschiedene Käfer and Raupe befindlich Davon sie welche frißet, Johann Joachim Kändler", ["...the roller which still has to be finished, sitting on a tree-stump over-grown with much foliage on which a variety of beetles and caterpillars are to be seen, some being eaten by the roller, Johann Joachim Kändler"] (Samuel Wittwer, The Gallery of Meissen Animals, Augustus the Strong's Menagerie for the Japanese Palace in Dresden, Munich 2006, p. 351).

The model was produced in two sizes, approximately 37.5 cm and 33 cm high. Six were delivered to the Japanese Palace before March 1736, though by 1770 the inventory records that only three examples remained in collection. The modeller J. G. Ehder assisted Kändler on these figures, and records in October 1739: 'In Thon poussiert: 1 Mandel Grahen Kopf' [modelled in clay: 1 roller head].

A pair of the smaller size with later gilt-bronze mounts from the Collections of Lily & Edmond J. Safra was sold at Sotheby's New York, 18-21 October, 2011, lot 1142 ($314,500), formerly sold at Sotheby's London, 9 July, 1957, lot 81 and again in the Garbisch Collection at Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, 17 May, 1980, lot 197. A further pair of the smaller size from the Estate of Laurance S. Rockefeller was sold at Sotheby's New York, 11-12 October, 2005, lot 191, formerly in the Collection of Nelson A. Rockefeller, sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, 11 April, 1980, lot 182.

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