A pair of Meissen groups of nesting doves, circa 1745.

One pair of nesting birds, one with its right wing slightly extended, have their plumage delicately brindled with patches of sepia, puce and black; the other pair, of similar modelling, have black brindled crests and tails, both groups supported on a simple pad base applied with leaves and flowers, 9.5cm.

The 1763 Burghley Inventory records: “The Japan Closet…two pair of doves, Dresden china”.


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