8 July 2002
A Meissen figure of a bird-seller from the Cris de Paris series
Circa 1755, blue crossed swords mark to back of base, incised .Z
Modelled by J.J. Kändler and P. Reinicke, wearing a grey fur-brimmed hat, yellow jacket with gilt buttons, pale-grey breeches and iron-red shoes, with a rectangular bird-cage containing three birds suspended from a blue strap over his shoulder, standing before a tree- stump holding a bird-cage in his right hand, on a shaped oval base (restoration to section of brim of hat, to blue strap, fingers of right hand and some damages and restoration to top of bird cage held in this hand, small chip to corner of rectangular bird cage)
5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) high
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Cf. the similar example illustrated by Len and Yvonne Adams, op. cit. (London, 1987), p. 145, pl. XLI.
This figure was derived from an engraving after Pierce Tempest of Captain Marcellus Laroon's drawings of London street traders.
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