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SIX MEISSEN COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE FIGURES FROM THE DUKE OF WEISSENFELS SERIES This series of figures, the most extensive of all the representations of the Italian Comedy in German Porcelain, was created by J.J. Kändler and P. Reinicke in equal partnership between 1743 and 1745. There would not appear to be a definite record of the exact number of figures that formed the series. The majority, however, were derived from Joullain after Callot for Riccoboni published in Histoire du Théâtre italien, Paris 1727. For a discussion of these see H.E. Backer, Comodienfiguren in der Sammlung Dr. Ernst Schneider in K.F.S., No. 50, pp. 59-62, where he illustrates serveral of the original prints Cf. Hugo Morley-Fletcher, Meissen Porcelain, p. 85 for thirteen figures sold Christie's Geneva, 11 May 1981. For an extensive discussion of this series see D. Erika Pauls-Eisenbeiss, op. cit., p. 319 et seq
A MEISSEN FIGURE OF PULCHINELLA in a yellow conical hat, white cape and ruff, pink jacket and blue hose and breeches, turned to his elft with a swords at his hip tucked into a yellow sash and standing before a tree-stump on a mound base applied with flowers and leaves (restoration to neck, right arm, hand and sword, chip to back of base), circa 1743

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A MEISSEN FIGURE OF PULCHINELLA in a yellow conical hat, white cape and ruff, pink jacket and blue hose and breeches, turned to his elft with a swords at his hip tucked into a yellow sash and standing before a tree-stump on a mound base applied with flowers and leaves (restoration to neck, right arm, hand and sword, chip to back of base), circa 1743
14.5cm. high

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Cf. the examples sold Christie's London, 22 June 1992, lot 211, 28 November 1975, lot 169 and 3 July 1989, lot 224 and Christie's, London, 11 May 1981, lot 97, 3 December 1982, lot 68 and 12 November 1984, lot 76
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