Two Meissen models of cats, circa 1740

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Lot 103
Two Meissen models of cats, circa 1740

Sold for £ 20,000 (US$ 25,077) inc. premium
Two Meissen models of cats, circa 1740
Modelled by J.J. Kaendler, both seated, the tabby coloured in shades of grey with a mouse in its mouth, the other painted in brown and white, holding its right paw to its face, both on a naturalistic green grassy ground, 18.5cm high, crossed swords marks in blue, impressed 34 to one (minor restoration) (2)

Footnotes

  • Kaendler recorded the cats in his work record for September 1736 as '2 Stuck Kleine Katzen aufs Lager in Thon poussiret, davon eine sitzend, die andere aber, wie sie eine Maus im Moule hat, vorgestellt ist.' [Two small cats modelled in the warehouse in clay, one of them sitting, the other with a mouse in its mouth.] See Ulrich Pietsch, Die Arbeitsberichte des Meissener Porzellanmodelleurs Johann Joachim Kaendler 1706-1775 (2002) p.41. The cat with the mouse is also illustrated by Carl Albiker, Die Meissner Porzellantiere im 18. Jahrhundert (1959), no. 216. Another cat of this type was sold in these rooms, 3 December 2008, lot 240A, and two mounted versions were sold 12 December 2012, lot 155.
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