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A Meissen model of a duck. Circa 1740, blue crossed swords and cancellation mark to side of base at back. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

Naturally modelled standing on a reed and frond-moulded circular mound base, its plumage incised, 11 in. (28 cm.) high - Estimate £4,000 - £6,000

Literature: Probably W.B. Honey, Catalogue of the Porcelain and Pottery both Oriental and European in the Collection of Earl Spencer at Althorp, 1937, no. 593

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Two Meissen white artichoke boxes and covers and a rose box and cover. Late 18th-19th century, various blue crossed swords marks, pressnummern cancellation marks throughout. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

Each naturalistically modelled, two as artichokes with leaves forming covers, another as a rose bud, the overlapping petals forming the cover. The tallest 5¼ in. (13.3 cm.) high (6) - Estimate £4,000 - £6,000

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A Meissen box and cover modelled as a tortoise. Mid-18th century, blue crossed swords and dot mark. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

Naturalistically modelled standing on four feet, its shell forming the cover, 9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) long (2) - Estimate £2,500 - £3,500

Literature: W.B. Honey, Catalogue of the Porcelain and Pottery both Oriental and European in the Collection of Earl Spencer at Althorp, 1937, no. 594

Notes: For an enamelled version of this model see Rainer Rückert, Meissner Porzellan 1710-1810, Munich, 1966, p. 258.
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Two Meissen (Marcolini) white fish tureens and covers. Circa 1780, blue crossed swords and star marks, one with cancellation mark. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

Each naturalistically modelled as a trout, their scales and fins incised, 13 in. (33 cm.) long (4) - Estimate £2,000 - £3,000

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Four Meissen (Marcolini) leaf-shaped dishes. Circa 1780, blue crossed swords and star marks, cancellation marks, incised numerals. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

Each naturalistically modelled as overlapping vine leaves and trailing tendrils, 10 5/8 in. (27 cm.) wide (4) - Estimate £400 - £600

Christie's. The Althorp Attic Sale - Including the Spencer Carriages. 7 - 8 July 2010. London, South Kensington www.christies.com