6 December 2004
TWO MEISSEN MODELS OF GUINEA-FOWL
CIRCA 1745, TRACES OF BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK
Modelled to the left and right, their black bodies with white speckled marks, purple and grey necks and red wattles and combs, both with large white patches to their abdomens, each perched astride tree-stumps with leafy branches, one incised with further foliage and applied with wheat sheaves (chipping to foliage and wheat, left bird with restoration to beak and tips of two claws, right bird broken through neck, body and branch and extensively restored)
6¼ in. (15.8 cm.) and 6 in. (15.4 cm.) high (2)
Graf zu Solms-Laubach, Sammlungskatalog no. 8 for the left-hand bird.
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Guttmann Catalogue, no. 107.
An example in the Landesmuseum, Schwerin, which is very similar to the right-hand guinea-fowl is illustrated by Carl Albiker, Die Meissner Porzellantiere im 18. Jahrhundert (Berlin, 1959), no. 126.
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