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A MEISSEN MODEL OF A JAY WITH A SQUIRREL
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A MEISSEN MODEL OF A JAY WITH A SQUIRREL

CIRCA 1740

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A MEISSEN MODEL OF A JAY WITH A SQUIRREL CIRCA 1740 Modelled by J.J. Kändler, the bird perched astride an oak tree-stump, a black squirrel to one side (restoration to jay's beak, tail, one wing tip, and to squirrel's front claws, minor chipping and restoration to oak leaves) 15¼ in. (38.8 cm.) high
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 7 July 1997, lot 352.

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In Kändler's Taxa for October 1739-January 1740 this model is recorded as '1 Eichel Gabicht in Lebengrösse auf einem Stock sitzend, natürlich vorgestellet, neben dem ist ein Eichhorn in Lebengrösse auf 1 Ast sitzend in Thon poussiert, nebst anderen daran befindlichen Zierrathen.'

See Rainer Rückert, Meissener Porzellan, Munich, 1966, pl. 272, no. 1109, for an example of the model with the squirrel in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich, and no. 1108 for its companion jay. An ormolu-mounted example is in the Metropolitian Museum of Art, New York (no. 1974.356.344.)

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