18 March 2005
TWO ORMOLU-MOUNTED MEISSEN MODELS OF COCKATOOS (KAKADUS)
THE PORCELAIN CIRCA 1745-50
Modelled by J.J. Kändler, vibrantly coloured with yellow and orange-red plumage, one with its head in orange and feathers at the back enriched in green, the beaks and claws in shades of grey, each perched on a tree stump applied with green foliage, on later ormolu mounts in the Louis XV style
9½ in. (24.2 cm.) high (2)
with J. Rochelle-Thomas, Inc., New York, December 1975.
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The present model of cockatoos was first modelled by J.J. Kändler in 1734. See Carl Albiker, Die Meissner Porzellantiere, Berlin, 1935, Abb. 98.
On 6 and 7 of December Christie’s will offer almost 400 lots from a collection that includes works by Hals, Van Dyck, Leyster, Snyders and Jan Brueghel the Elder
Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous