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A MEISSEN GROUP OF A THALIA WITH A HARLEQUIN CHILD
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A MEISSEN GROUP OF A THALIA WITH A HARLEQUIN CHILD

CIRCA 1745, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK TO BASE

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A MEISSEN GROUP OF A THALIA WITH A HARLEQUIN CHILD
CIRCA 1745, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK TO BASE
Modelled by J.J. Kändler, with Thalia seated with her right arm raised holding a mask, wearing a gilt-edged pink bodice and yellow dress and draped in a turquoise robe, with a child dressed as Harlequin dancing at her left side in striped and chequered clothes, holding a pointed hat (restoration to her right arm and Harlequin's left hand, the mask a restored replacement, extended firing cracks and cracking to her dress and through her bodice and drape, chip to underside of base)
Approximately 16 in. (40.5 cm.) high
Provenance
Maurice Kann, Paris.
Joseph E. Widener, Philedelphia, Freeman Gallery, Philedelphia, 20-24 June 1944, lot 419 (part).
Mrs. Corina Kavanagh, Buenos Aires, Sotheby's, London, 26 November 1963, lot 147 part.
Sale Room Notice
The provenance for the present group should read:
Maurice Kann, Paris.
Joseph E. Widener, Philedelphia, sold Freeman Gallery, Philedelphia, 20-24 June 1944, lot 419 (part).
Mrs. Corina Kavanagh, Buenos Aires, Sotheby's, London, 26 November 1963, lot 147 part.

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Lot Essay

An apparently identical group, which could be the present lot, is illustrated by Len and Yvonne Adams, Meissen Portrait Figures, London, 1987, p. 82, where it is illustrated on an ormolu plinth base. This group represents Thalia, the Muse of comedy, and it could perhaps have been made as an element from a centrepiece.

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