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An image of Parrots, model by Meissen
Alternate image of Parrots, model by Meissen Alternate image of Parrots, model by Meissen

Meissen

(Germany 1710 – )

Title
Parrots, model
Year
1745
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions

38.9 x 26.6 x 17.8 cm

Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2012.62
Location
15th–19th c European art
Further information

The group was originally modeled by Kändler in April 1745 for Augustus III’s consort Maria Josepha of Austria. The birds are perhaps based on a pet parrot which appears in a portrait of the Queen by Louis de Silvestre the younger (on the art market in 1992; also known in an engraving by Georg Friedrich Schmidt). The colouring of the plumage is similar but not identical.

Bibliography (1)

Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 22 (colour illus., detail), 27 (colour illus.). cat.no. 26