A MEISSEN GROUP OF HARLEQUIN AND COLUMBINE
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A MEISSEN GROUP OF HARLEQUIN AND COLUMBINE

CIRCA 1740

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A MEISSEN GROUP OF HARLEQUIN AND COLUMBINE
CIRCA 1740
Modelled by J.J. Kändler, with Harlequin seated beside Columbine, Harlequin wearing a mask and holding a sausage in his left hand, Columbine playfully pushing him away and holding a slapstick in her right hand, on a mound base applied with a hound, flowers and foliage (Harlequin cracked and restored around waist, thighs and right wrist, replacement slapstick, blue bow to trousers, three flowers at base, further minor areas of restoration and chipping, minor wear to gilding)
6 ¼ in. (16 cm.) high
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There is some additional provenance for this lot.  It was formerly in the H.J. King Collection, sold in his collection sale in these Rooms on 5th – 7th May 1914, lot 299.   

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Lot Essay

Kändler refers to this model in his Taxa between 1740 and 1748, '1. dergl. (Groupgen) aus 2. Figuren bestehend, da ein Arlequin neben einem Frauenzimmer sizt, solche zu caressi, die ihn mit der Pritzsche schlägt' (1 group of 2 figures, in which a Harlequin sits near a woman so as to caress her, she hits him with a slapstick)1 and again in his worknotes for January 1743, 'Ein Groupgen aus 2 Figuren bestehend, da ein Arlequin neben einem Frauenzimmer sitzt, solche zu caressieren, die ihn mit der Pritsche schlägt' (A group of two figures, in which a harlequin seated beside a woman, intending to caress her, while she is hitting him with the slapstick).2

For a comparable example (where Harlequin is similarly dressed in a tunic painted with playing cards and striped trousers), in the Haus zum Kirschgarten, Historische Museum, Basel, see Ingelore Menzhausen, In Porzellan verzaubert, Die Figuren Johann Joachim Kändlers in Meissen aus der Sammlung Pauls-Eisenbeiss Basel, Basel, 1993, p. 137. See also the example sold in these Rooms on 5 July 2012, lot 4.

1. See Ingelore Menzhausen, ibid., Basel, 1993, p. 137.
2. See Rainer Rückert, Meissener Porzellan 1710-1810, Munich, 1966, p. 168, no. 868.


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