An extremely rare St Cloud Model of a Cockerel

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An extremely rare St Cloud Model of a Cockerel, the Rooster, seated on a rocky moulded with a flower and leaves on either side, beautifully naturalistically modelled with wavy plumage, crest and wattles, the tail feathers gathered upwards to the rear.

Circa 1745

Height: 6 ¾ Ins (17cms.)

Andreina D’Agliano’s article “Some French Soft-Paste Animals from the Collections of the Dukes of Parma” mentions and illustrates the present figure together with the other similar model, in the French Porcelain Society Journal, Volume 1, 2003, p. 104, fig. 2. Two other figures of cockerels, similar to the present examples, from the Collection of the Palazzo Reale in Turin are also illustrated and belong to a group of other French soft-paste animal figures, all of which were made circa 1745-50 and are in the Collections of the Palazzo Reale and the Palazzo Pitti. According to D’Agliano, “a stag, a goat, and two cockerels in the Palazzo Reale, Turin, were originally part of the furnishings of the Royal Palace of Parma” and were possibly brought to Parma in 1749 by the Duke and Duchess of Parma (Don Filippo, Infante of Spain and Louise Élisabeth of France) following their marriage in 1748. It is, however, unclear how and when these various figures, originally listed in the inventories of the Royal Palace of Parma, were divided between the two palaces, Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Pitti.

 

Provenance:  The Collection of Mrs Fitzhenry sold at Drouot in Paris, December 1909.

 

Literature: Collection de M. Fitzhenry, Catalogue des Porcelaines Tendres Anciennes Françaises & Étrangères, plate between pp. 14 and 15, lot 169 The French Porcelain Society Journal, Volume I, 2003, Andreine D’Agliano, “Some French Soft-Paste Animals from the Collections of the Dukes of Parma”, p. 104, fig. 2, right.

 

Item No. 1820

 

 

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