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Pair of Meissen Duck Butter Boxes

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Dates Circa 1745
Medium Porcelain
Origin Germany
Description A very rare pair of Meissen duck butter boxes with replacement covers, both resting on grassy mounds, the female with predominantly brown plumage, the other a male with hints of purple and dark brown flecked plumage, modelled by J. J. Kaendler.

Circa 1741-45

Marks: Crossed swords marks in underglaze blue to the reverse edge of both.

10cm High
Condition Replacement covers
Literature See den Blaauen, A.L, Meissen Porcelain in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2000, no, 301, p. 413 for a related pair of gilt-bronze mounted boxes. The author notes an entry of Kaendler's workbook of April/May 1741 which refer to "Eine Butter B├╝chse, in Gestalt eines Entvogels".