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    Sale 3786

    The Collection of Carroll Petrie & European Decorative Arts from the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, including the Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection

    31 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1290

    TWO MEISSEN PORCELAIN MODELS OF JAYS

    CIRCA 1740, FAINT BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARKS, MODELED BY J. J. KÄNDLER

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    TWO MEISSEN PORCELAIN MODELS OF JAYS
    CIRCA 1740, FAINT BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARKS, MODELED BY J. J. KÄNDLER
    Each naturalistically modeled on a tall fruiting oak tree-stump, one pursuing a large stag beetle, the other eyeing a caterpillar
    17 5/8 in. (44.8 cm.) high, the tallest


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    J.J. Kändler first modeled a pair of jays for Augustus the Strong's Japanese Palace in 1735. Further entries for this model are mentioned in Kändler's Taxa during October 1739 to January 1740, see R. Rückert, Meissener Porzellan 1710-1810, Munich, 1966, pp. 196 & 272, no. 1108 for a version of this model and no. 109 for the corresponding model. See the pair of jays from the collection of Sir Gawaine and Lady Baillie, sold Sotheby's, London, 1 May 2013, lot 21 and the pair from the collection of Mrs. Charles W. Engelhard, sold Christie's, New York, 18 March 2005, lot 38. For similar models with nests see also Hans Syz, J. Jefferson Miller II and R. Rückert, Catalogue of the Hans Syz Collection, Washington D.C. 1979, Vol. I, p. 484, no. 330.

    Provenance

    Acquired from Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York, in 1964.
    Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection.