From its inception, circa 1731 by Cicaire Cirou, the Chantilly factory produced porcelain models of animals based on the live exotic beasts imported by the French East India Company for Louis-Henri de Bourbon, prince de Condé that were housed in a menagerie within the grounds of his palace at Chantilly. The prince was fond of hunting and liked to surround himself with works of art that evoked his favorite past- time.
The present stag and doe are examples of this production. Their coloration is similar to that found on Chantilly models of lions. The distinctive clear green is also often used to decorated the kimonos of the Chinoiserie figures and Kakiemon decoration for which the factory is perhaps best known. See Geneviève Le Duc, Porcelaine tendre de Chantilly au XVIIIème siècle, Paris, 1996, p. 147 for a pair of recumbent models of lions. A single lion from the collection of Michael Currier was sold Christie's East, New York, 27 October 1986, lot 182.