A large white Meissen model of a swan
Lot 173
A fine and large white Meissen model of a swan, circa 1750
Sold for £17,500 (US$ 28,244) inc. premium

Lot Details
A large white Meissen model of a swan
A fine and large white Meissen model of a swan, circa 1750
Modelled by J.J. Kaendler after nature, seated on a naturalistic ground with reeds sprouting from the grassy marshland under its feet, 32.5cm high, crossed swords in underglaze-blue to the back of the base (minor chip to tail feather only)

Footnotes

  • Some ten years after creating his magnificent Swan Service for Heinrich, Count von Brühl, Kaendler re-visited the theme of swans and reeds. Assisted by Peter Reinecke, the low relief swans depicted on the famous Brühl service were modelled fully in the round. The earliest record for "Cygnus olor" is November 1747, however, suggesting that the models were not completed until the following year. The Swans were made in various sizes of thich this is the largest. Many were sent to Paris for mounting in ormolu. A coloured, ormolu mounted pair was sold by Bonhams in San Francisco on 27 October 2008, lot 3258 and is illustrated by John Sandon, Meissen Porcelain (2010), p.42.

Saleroom notices

  • There is a very fine hairline running around this model and some minor chips that have been restored.
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