21 November 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 11,250
Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000
A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED MEISSEN PORCELAIN FIGURES OF RIVER GODS EMBLEMATIC OF SUMMER AND FALL
CIRCA 1750, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARKS TO THE BACK OR SIDE, THE MODELS BY J.J. KÄNDLER, THE BLUE ENAMELLING ON THE DRAPERY A LATER ADDITION
Each reclining against overturned vases issuing water, holding a cornucopia of fruit and flowers in opposing hands, Summer with a beehive and holding a paddle, Fall draped in cobalt blue, his cornucopia also issuing grapes, raised on pierced asymmetric rocaille and C-scroll ormolu bases
10½ in. (26.6 cm.) long, Summer, overall (2)
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The present figures were originally based on the engravings of Edmé Bouchardon's Grenelle Fountain in Paris. See Len and Yvonne Adams, Meissen Portrait Figures, London, 1987, pg. 86, for another example of the pair.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 21 October 1997, lot 167.
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MARY PORTER WALSH