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Parrot

Meissen Porcelain Manufactory (German, b. 1710–present)

1726-1730

Medium porcelain with enamel decoration Measurements H: 10 5/8 x W: 11 1/4 x D: 4 in. (26.99 x 28.58 x 10.16 cm) Credit Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection Accession Number 70.7.47 Location Gallery 2, Scaife Galleries

Narrative

This unusual parrot, among the earliest animal figures produced at the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, closely resembles a Japanese sparrow hawk. Its body was likely copied from Chinese or Japanese porcelain figures in the extensive personal collection of Meissen’s founder and royal patron, Augustus the Strong. Enamelers applied vibrant turquoise, yellow, green, blue, and red to transform the hawk into a parrot. The rockwork base is also derived from Asian porcelain, but it is decorated in the lavender luster enamel that was unique to Meissen in this period. See also the parrot's companion, 77.47.48.