Jean Demontreuil exhibited similar carvings at the Paris Salons in 1791, 1792 and 1793. A further carving by him was sold anonymously, Le Carpentier, Paris, 14 May - 1 June 1866, lot 181 as Un oiseau mort, suspendu par une patte. Tres-jolie sculpture en haut relief, par Demontreuil. Dans un cadre carr' en bois sculpt'., which sold for 250 livres.
The carving at Burghley was framed by Mayhew & Ince and invoiced in mid-summer 1768 A case for the bird, deal, batten & c, and a man's time packing ... £ 0-1-6
We are grateful to John Culverhouse, Curator at Burghley House, for his help in preparing this note.
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