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TWO MEISSEN ORMOLU-MOUNTED MODELS OF SHEEP
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TWO MEISSEN ORMOLU-MOUNTED MODELS OF SHEEP

CIRCA 1750, THE MOUNTS POSSIBLY LATER

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TWO MEISSEN ORMOLU-MOUNTED MODELS OF SHEEP
CIRCA 1750, THE MOUNTS POSSIBLY LATER
Modelled by J.J. Kändler and P. Reinicke, one modelled standing to the right with her head very slightly turned, her curly fleece with pale-brown markings over firing cracks, supported below by a flower-encrusted tree-stump on an elongated oval mound base applied with coloured flowers and foliage, the other recumbent to the right with her head turned towards her tail, her ears and curly fleece with black markings, both on cast rococo scroll and foliage waisted ormolu bases (the first with restoration to right ear, crack through tree-stump and base, firing cracks to body and legs, chipping to flowers and foliage, the second with restoration to left ear and left knee, small minor chip to one rear hoof)
6¾ in. (17.3 cm.) and 6 in. (15.3 cm.) high overall (2)
Provenance
Anon., Sale Christie's New York, 23rd May 1995, lot 88.
Literature
Guttmann Catalogue, nos. 67 and 68.
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Lot Essay

An almost identical sheep with a very similar ormolu mount in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Jones Collection) is illustrated by W.B. Honey, Dresden China (London, 1934), pl. XLVIII (b). These models were first executed in 1747, and Kändler's workbooks for April 1747 list Etliche Schaafe von feiner Grösse, sowohl stehende als liegende, corrigiret, zerschnitten.. and in the following month Reinicke's list 1 liegend Schaf zum Basseng in thon boussiert. For pendant examples modelled in reverse from the present examples, see Carl Albiker, Die Meissener Porzellantiere im 18. Jahrhundert (Berlin, 1959), nos. 209 and 213.
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