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An Assembled Pair of Meissen Figures of Parrots, Circa 1740

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An Assembled Pair of Meissen Figures of Parrots, Circa 1740

An Assembled Pair of Meissen Figures of Parrots, Circa 1740

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An Assembled Pair of Meissen Figures of Parrots, Circa 1740

painted with green or grey plumage with red wing and tail feathers, perched on low stumps applied with pale turquoise leaves, the grey parrot's base with berries and mushrooms, crossed swords marks in underglaze-blue, one with impressed numeral 15

height of tallest 7 7/8 in.

20 cm.

The green parrot, with restoration to three of the applied leaves on base. A small color-filled flat chip to top edge of tail feathers. Two talon tips on its left foot restored, otherwise in good condition. The grey parrot, a restored chip to edge of right wing feather tips. A talon on left foot, and leaves restored. A small area of restoration to base located under mushrooms. Mushrooms are intact. Overall good appearance.

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Brian Haughton, London, bearing labels
Collected by the Uncle of the present owner
Parrots were a symbol of the exotic par excellence and Kändler's models were among the factory's most frequently produced bird figures. Parrots were modelled in different sizes: soon after the life-size parrots for the Japanese Palace, Kändler created, in July 1735, two small parrots (12 cm tall). Then, in spite of no further mention in his records, the following pieces are noted in the Dresden stockroom listing of porcelain for Count von Brühl dated July 13, 1737: '1 Pappagey groß / 3 ditto mittle. / 1 D. keiner' [1 parrot large / 1 ditto medium / 1 ditto small] (Gerhard Röbbig, Cabinet Pieces: The Meissen Porcelain Birds of Johann Joachim Kändler, Munich 2008, p. 128.)

In May-October 1740, Kändler modelled new figures of parrots to match the ones already in the warehouse, 'in considerable size', i.e. 19 cm:

'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 seems to indicate that these birds were a generic type of parrot modelled by Kändler, as opposed to the Indian parrots or cockatoos modelled after life.