Cabinet PIeces: The Meissen Porcelain Birds of Johann Joachim Kändler, 1706-1775 -- Eighteenth-century masterpieces from private collections
by Röbbig, Gerhard
Munich: Hirmer Verlag GmbH, 2008. English language edition. Hardcover. VG. Light gray cloth, gilt letters on spine, red & white & color illus. dust jacket, 264 pp., color & BW illus. Issued in conjunction with a 2006 exhibition of these intricate Meissen porcelain birds, rendered by German sculptor and Meissen modeller Johann Joachim Kändler. This is the first comprehensive survey of his work. "This prolific sculptor created the models for all of these figures during the twenty-year period from his entry into service at the manufactory in 1731 up until 1750. The vast majority of these rare and magnificently coloured masterpieces were inspired by the observation of live specimens and are still unparalleled today. A total of 115 bird figures are published here along with the latest research findings and a wealth of historical cross-references and background. In some cases, the provenance of the figures can be traced back to the original royal collections or to those of the Rothschilds, Ole Olsen, and others." Simply stunning. Bird lovers will love this book as well.
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