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    Sale 7549

    British and Continental Ceramics and Glass

    18 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 120

    A MEISSEN FIGURE OF HARLEQUIN WITH A BIRDCAGE

    CIRCA 1743-45

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A MEISSEN FIGURE OF HARLEQUIN WITH A BIRDCAGE
    CIRCA 1743-45
    Modelled by J.J. Kändler and J.F. Eberlein, wearing a chequered jacket with stripes and playing cards, pale-yellow breeches and yellow shoes, seated beside a birdcage on rockwork holding a bird in his raised hand, a cat watching from below, on a mound base applied with flowers and foliage (right arm cracked and restored at shoulder, restoration to right hand and bird, brim and rosette of hat, two fingers of left hand, cat's right ear and applied flowers, some minor flaking to enamels)
    5¼ in. (13.2 cm.) high


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    This model was first recorded in August 1743 as 'Einen Arlequin, so einen Vogel in der Hand, neben sich einen Vogelbauer und eine Katze zu Fuessen hat'. A similar example of this group was sold in these Rooms on 25th February 1991, lot 106. See also Hermann Jedding, Meissener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts in Hamburger Privatbesitz, Museum Für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Exhibition Catalogue (Hamburg, 1982), pp. 206-207, no. 217.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN