A pair of Meissen tureens, each modelled as a partridge, circa 1740.

The birds sitting on a nest of grass and leaves are painted in shades of green and yellow, the wings painted in shades of brown with black tips and the heads painted in shades of red ochre. They have the crossed swords mark in underglaze blue, 9.2cm by 16cm.

The 1763 Burghley Inventory records: “Lady Exeters dressing room……two partridges on their nests…Dresden china”.


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