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Two important and rare meissen figures of guinea fowl 1735
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Modelled by J. J. Kändler for the Japanese Palace, Dresden, each bird standing on a rocky mound base amongst various grasses and flowering leafy branches, with white-speckled black plumage, long purple necks curving to the left and red combs and wattles (minor restoration and chips)\nAs recorded by Wittwer (2006), p. 339, of the twenty-eight figures of guinea fowl ordered between 1732 and 1736, only seven were completed and delivered to the Japanese Palace in 1735.  Kändler's work report of March 1735 records his working on the model: 'Eine Berel Henne ebenfalls ins Ballåis gehörig Nach ihrer sonderbaren Arth Vorgebildetan Welcher aber noch etwas Weniges zu thun.' [one guinea fowl also for the Palace, duly representing its strange characteristics, to which there is a little something more to do]; and the following month he reports that the model is completed, 'Die Berel Henne folgends fertig gemacht' [The guinea fowl has been made ready]. During June and July of the same year there are two deliveries to the Palace, of one and six enamelled figures, respectively.\n\nIn 1769, the Tower Room inventory lists two guinea fowl in the Royal Residence but the inventories of 1770 and 1779 each mention only bird, presumably same one that is recorded in the Royal Collection in 1900 and which remained there at least up to 1935, when it is illustrated by Albiker (1935), pl. XXII, figs. 68 and 69. In addition to the present examples, there were two other birds of this model in the collection of Walter von Pannwitz, one of which is illustrated by Brüning (1904), Color Plate XIII, no. 409. Both were subsequently sold at Galerie Helbing, Munich, October 24 and 25, 1905, lots 401 and 402, as part of the larger sale of the von Pannwitz collection, and are illustrated in at least two contemporary publications reporting on the auction: R. Freih. von Seydlitz, 'Die Sammlung V. Pannwitz (München)', Kunst und Kunsthandwerk, 1905, Vol. VIII, pp. 302-03, and Karl Voll, 'Die Sammlung v. Pannwitz in München', Kunst und Künstler, 1906, Vol. IV, p. 31. The upcoming sale was also reported in 'The von Pannwitz Collection at Munich', The Athenæum Journal of Literature, Science, the Fine Arts and the Drama, October 14, 1905, no. 4068, p. 510, where, interestingly, the article cites two other similar examples, one in the "Palace at Dresden" and another in the "Johanneum at Dresden" (where the Japanese Palace collection was moved in 1876). The same publication reports the sale results on page 618 of its November 4, 1905, no. 4071, issue: "The Pannwitz collection, dispersed at Munich on October 24th and 25th, realized a total of 1,150,000 marks, very high prices being paid for rare examples of Meissen china. A pair of life-sized guinea fowl fetched 38,000m....", an extraordinary price paid for the time. The whereabouts of the von Pannwitz birds and the other three guinea fowl made for the Japanese Palace remain unknown.
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condition

One bird with one claw replaced. The other bird with one claw lacking.Otherwise both birds in very good condition with very minor wear to enamels on extremities. Quite a few of the ears of corn and rushes are missing their tips, leaving metal pins showing from earlier repairs. Some typical chips to leaves and flowers. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

dimensions

43.5cm., 17 1/8 in. high

exhibition

London, Asprey, no. 3A and B

provenance

The Royal Collections of Saxony, Japanese Palace, Dresden The Ole Olsen Collection, Copenhagen Ole Olsens Collection, Part I, Winkel and Magnussen, Copenhagen, January 1944, lot 295 Curt Berndorf, Copenhagen Angela Gräfin von Wallwitz, Munich


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*Note that the price is not recalculated to the current value, but refers to the actual final price at the time the product was sold.


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