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Lot 60 - 26 Mar 2014

March Antiques & Interiors Sale

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

Condition report

Squirrel holding nut- Restoration to each ear. Restoration to three claws of left paw. Some restoration and chips to applied flowers and leaves. Some of the lower chain links possibly restored. Firing crack across underside of base. Minor wear to enamels.

Squirrel with nut in mouth- Restoration to each ear. Restoration to lower half of chain. Minor restoration and losses to applied flowers and leaves. Two firing cracks across base. Minor wear to enamels.

Estimate £8,000 - £12,000
Sold For £45,000