Any pieces from this period are rare, but a pair of charismatic birds are the ultimate.
|Rare pair of White Partridges, by Wegely of Berlin 1752-7|
From Meissen comes this delightful group, known as the 'Billing Doves' - modelled by Kaendler in the early 1740's, this group circa 1745.
|Meissen 'Billing Doves' by Kaendler, circa 1745|
|Derby Bird Service plate by Dodson, circa 1820|
|Chelsea Gold Anchor rococo vases, c. 1765|
This detail and the one below comes from a Meissen knife handle of the 1760's, and has charming farmyard birds painted to the grip on either side. The image you are seeing is enlarged, the originals are miniature works of art.....
|Bow candlestick bird groups, circa 1765|
This pair of candlesticks are remarkable, being made at the Bow factory in London in around 1765. They have two yellow birds each, who are guarding a nest of hatchlings hidden in the flowery branches - while at the foot of the tree a dog and a lamb sit patiently. The sconces are original, and are formed as tulips - exotic and expensive items at this period of history - and are supported on original tole (tin) leaf supports, rare survivors. An interesting discovery relating to these will be discussed in a future blog post - one bird is actually a 19th century English Bone China restoration!
|Vienna sucrier, circa 1765|
|Meissen cup & saucer with bird studies, c. 1745|
|Chinese pith paintings - the story of tea, mid 19th century.|
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