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From Saxony To Sussex: Red Squirrels Captivate The Bellmans Saleroom
A pair of extremely rare Meissen figures of red squirrels lit up the saleroom at Bellmans Auctioneers on Wednesday 26th March, realising a hammer price of £45,000. Auctioneer and ceramics specialist Simon Garner began by warning spectators that they would “likely never see such objects together as a pair again”, before they were sold to general applause in the enthralled saleroom.
The squirrels were modelled c.1750 by J. J. Kandler, Court Sculptor to Augustus the Strong from 1730. They sit on their haunches facing to the left and right, and bear indistinct blue crossed swords marks to their bases. During viewing, traders and private persons alike commented that they were “privileged to hold” such rare specimens.
The consignment came from a private vendor on one of Bellmans’ routine valuation days, which are held every Tuesday and Thursday at the Wisborough Green Saleroom. The lot attracted international interest after being illustrated both on www.bellmans.co.uk and on www.thesaleroom.com, and were eventually sold to a prominent London dealer.
Managing Director of Bellmans Auctioneers Jonathan Pratt commented “it has been an honour to have the opportunity to sell such a rare pair of Meissen figures. It is extraordinary to think that they were made in mid-18th century Saxony, by perhaps the most famous of all porcelain modellers, and 260 years later they re-appear at a sale in Sussex and sell for £45,000”.