Up until the early 18th century, the production of hard paste porcelain had been an unsolved mystery for the western world. It wasn’t until 1710 that the Meissen Manufactory established near Dresden, Germany began to produce European hard paste porcelain in large quantities. It is unclear as to who truly first reverse engineered the recipe to hard paste porcelain but German alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttger is credited with the discovery, having been the first appointed director of the Meissen Manufactory. Meissen had remained the dominant porcelain manufacturer for Europe for nearly a half-century until the opening of the Royal French Porcelain Manufactory at Vincennes, relocated later to Sèvres.

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers is proud to offer this fine pair of early 20th century Meissen models of companion cockatoos. Each bird is naturalistically modeled perched on tree trunks decorated with green foliage with purple and blue floral accents. The cockatoos share opposed positions each with a citron crest. Each cockatoo possesses the under glaze blue crossed sword Meissen mark with incised marks 57A and 57B along with additional incised numerals.  The pair is estimated at $2,500 to $3,500 and will cross the block at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers on Saturday, July, 23rd at 12:00 at 63 Fourth Ave, Cranston, RI, 02910.


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Post written by Travis Landry