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Modeled for the Japanese Palace and perched on a tree stump on rocky base


Between 1730 and 1736, commissioned by Augustus II (b. 1670 – d. 1733), King of Poland and Elector of Saxony, and his successor, Augustus III (b. 1696 – d. 1763), King of Poland and Elector of Saxony, for the Japanese Palace in Dresden [see note 1]; October 7-8,1919, Saxon royal collection sale, Lepke, Berlin, lot 95 [see note 2]. Ole Olsen, Copenhagen [see note 3]. June 30, 1975, anonymous sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 144, to Edward M. Pflueger (b. 1905 - d. 1997) and Kiyi Powers Pflueger (b. 1915 - d. 2008), New York; 2006, bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 26, 2006) NOTES: [1] Augustus II (“the Strong”) began building the Japanese Palace in Dresden in 1925 and commissioned more than 35,000 porcelain works from the nearby Meissen porcelain factory to furnish his "porcelain palace." The original collection featured more than 500 large bird and animal figures; among these were 37 animal species and 32 bird species. Augustus II died in 1733 and his son Augustus III took over the project. The Japanese Palace became a museum and library after the death of Augustus III, and parts of the collection were sold and traded in the 18th and 19th centuries. [2] According to Samuel Wittwer, this falcon was part of the 1919 sale in Dresden. [3] See Wittwer, p. 329.

Credit Line

Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection. Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger

German, about 1731

Object Place

Meissen, Germany


Overall: 53.7 cm (21 1/8 in.) Weight (estimated): 30 lb. (13.61 kg)

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Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain