• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 65

    A PAIR OF MEISSEN MODELS OF GROWLING BEARS

    CIRCA 1745, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK TO END OF ONE BASE, INDISTINCT CROSSED SWORDS MARK TO END OF OTHER BASE

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    A PAIR OF MEISSEN MODELS OF GROWLING BEARS
    CIRCA 1745, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK TO END OF ONE BASE, INDISTINCT CROSSED SWORDS MARK TO END OF OTHER BASE
    Modelled by J.J. Kändler, crouched to the left and right, with dark-brown coats, their open mouths revealing their tongues and teeth, on oval mound bases applied with flowers and foliage (fangs partially lacking with old restoration, restoration to front claws of both, one cracked across body, both with cracks to bases, some chipping and restoration to flowers and foliage)
    7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) long (2)


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    For the examples in the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor, see Svend Eriksen, Meissen and Oriental Porcelain (1971), pp. 166 and 167, no. 57; see also Carl Albiker, Die Meissner Porzellantiere (1959), no. 221.

    Kaendler's Taxa for 1740-44 mentions '2 Bäre gegen einander sehend, pro 1 Stück ... 3 Thlr.'

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