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A KLOSTER VEILSDORF FIGURE OF HARLEQUIN
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A KLOSTER VEILSDORF FIGURE OF HARLEQUIN

CIRCA 1770

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A KLOSTER VEILSDORF FIGURE OF HARLEQUIN
CIRCA 1770
Modelled by Wenzel Neu, wearing a black skull-cap and mask, brightly chequered clothes and red shoes, his right hand holding a letter and raised to the side of his head, his left hand holding a hat, on a marbled oval mound base with ochre veins (firing crack to base adjacent to left foot, letter lacquered, areas of minute wear)
5¾ in. (14.7 cm.) high
Provenance
Anon., sale Christie's London, 9th April 1979, lot 136.
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Lot Essay

This figure is part of a Commedia dell'Arte series which was modelled in 1764-65 before Wenzel Neu returned to Fulda in 1767. The series was modelled after the engravings by Johann B. Probst, which were adapted from the drawings by Johann Jacob Schübler and published by Jeremias Wolffs Erben at Augsburg in 1729. This figure of Harlequin was derived from pl. 5.

Cf. Robert Schmidt, Early European Porcelain as Collected by Otto Blohm, nos. 345-7 and pl. 94, also Roda S. Solowejcik, 'Thüringer Porzellan des 18 Jarhundert bis Anfang 19 Jahrhunderts, in der Sammlung der Ermitage', Keramos, July-October 1978, pl. 37.

Other examples were sold in these Rooms on 9th July 2001, lot 253, and with his companion Columbine on 11th December 2000, lot 285, and on 14th May 1990, lot 35. An example was sold by Christie's Geneva on 11th November 1985, lot 42. Another was sold by Sotheby's Geneva on 14th November 1989, lot 62; and another by Hans W. Lange, Berlin on 7-9th April 1938, lot 916. The example in the Pflueger Collection is illustrated by Hugo Morley-Fletcher, The Pflueger Collection (London, 1993), Vol. I, p. 206.

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