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