TWO MEISSEN PORCELAIN MODELS OF JAYS
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
Provenance
Acquired from Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York, in 1964.
Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection.

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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.

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