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A PAIR OF ORMOLU-MOUNTED HÖCHST MODELS OF PARROTS
A PAIR OF ORMOLU-MOUNTED HÖCHST MODELS OF PARROTS

THE PORCELAIN CIRCA 1752, RED WHEEL MARKS (ONE WITH TRACES OF THE WHEEL PARTIALLY COVERED BY MOUNT)

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A PAIR OF ORMOLU-MOUNTED HÖCHST MODELS OF PARROTS
THE PORCELAIN CIRCA 1752, RED WHEEL MARKS (ONE WITH TRACES OF THE WHEEL PARTIALLY COVERED BY MOUNT)
Each naturalistically modelled perched on branch issuing from a tree-stump with brightly coloured plumage in tones of green with pale green-yellowish breasts, the wings enriched in red and light blue, tail feathers striped in red and green, their black eyes outlined in red, one with its beak slightly open showing its tong, the other with its mouth closed, on later German ormolu bases in the Louis XV style
11 and 11½ in. (28 and 29.2 cm.) high (2)
Provenance
Almost certainly the pair sold at Sotheby's London, 23 November 1965, lot 70.

Lot Essay

See Kurt Röder, das Höchster Porzellan, Mainz, 1925, pl. 6, no 30 for the model and Horst Reber, Die Kurmainzische Porzellan- manufaktur Höchst, Band II Fayencen, Munich 1986 for illustrated models of parrots. Another model can be seen in The Emma Budge Collection, Hamburg 1937, pl. 133, fig. 848.

For a modified faience version of the parrot with a higher slightly more elaborate base and longer tail feathers, modelled by Johann Gottfried Becker and painted by Johannes Zechinger, see Christie's London, 11 December 2000, lot 240. Compare also the models from The Pflueger Collection, see Hugo Morley-Fletcher, The Pflueger Collection, Vol. II, page 151.
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