A pair of Meissen figures of waxwings, circa 1741.

Each yellow breasted, crested bird perches on a tree stump, the plumage pencilled in shades of brown, the black mask and yellow tipped tail accented with iron red.

The first bird, its head inclined to the left, pecks at a cluster of red berries from a protruding branch, whilst the second preens its extended right wing.

Each tree stump is encrusted with leaves, flowers, mushrooms, a caterpillar and a large brown and black beetle, 24cm.

The waxwings were modelled by Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706-1775).


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