A rare pair of Meissen figures of red squirrels, circa 1750, modelled by J.J.Kändler, seated on their haunches facing to the left and right, with iron-red fur and long bushy tails, one holding a nut, the other with a nut in its mouth, the oval mound bases applied with flowers, indistinct blue crossed swords marks, (some restoration and small chips), 19.5cm. and 22cm.high.
Kändler first modelled a pair of squirrels in 1732, his work records for August that year listing: `Zwei Eichhörnigen' ( two squirrels) and in September 1733, `Ein kleines Eichhörnigen' ( a small squirrel). For the model see C.Albiker, Die Meissener Porrzellantiere im 18.Jahrundert ( 1935), no.164. An example of the squirrel holding a nut from the Collection of Sir Gawaine and Lady Baillie, was sold at Sotheby's, London, 1st May, 2013, lot 76. Illustrated
£8,000 - 12,000