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    Sale 7430

    A Highly Important Private Collection of Meissen and Continental Porcelain

    11 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 131

    A MEISSEN FIGURE OF THE FRIGHTENED HARLEQUIN

    CIRCA 1738-40

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    A MEISSEN FIGURE OF THE FRIGHTENED HARLEQUIN
    CIRCA 1738-40
    Modelled by J.J. Kändler, in a twisted recoiling pose, his right arm almost shielding his turned head, wearing a yellow hat with a red rosette, a red, turquoise and buff chequered jacket with yellow rosettes, black pantaloons with playing cards, all enriched with gilt lines, leaning against a tree-stump on an oval mound base applied with flowers and foliage (two chips to brim of hat slightly re-touched, restoration to slap-stick and one bow of rosette on left shoe, slight chipping to flowers and foliage, areas of very slight wear)
    6½ in. (16.5 cm.) high


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    Another example of this rare figure was sold by Christie's Geneva on 11th May 1987, lot 216. Other examples were sold in these Rooms on 9th June 1986, lot 28 (from the Nyffeler Collection); on 2nd October 1979, lot 157, and on 29th March 1976, lot 166. For the example formerly in the Mrs Nellie Ionides Collection and now in the Pauls Collection, see Dr. Erika Pauls-Eisenbeiss, German Porcelain of the 18th Century (London, 1972), Vol. I. pp. 278-279.

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