6 December 2004
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
A Meissen figure of Harlequin from the Commedia dell'Arte
CIRCA 1740, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK
Modelled by J.J. Kändler, his face with black spots and a large black moustache, wearing a gilt-edged grey tricorn hat, white ruff and a gilt-edged iron-red jacket with white sgraffito scrolls, his yellow breeches and black shoes with red rosettes, drinking from a Pass-Glass with his head tilted back and holding a lute under his right arm, standing before a tree-stump on a mound base applied with green foliage (chip to hat and leaf, head of mandolin and tip of index finger lacking, very small chip to right sleeve and base of glass, minute chip to shoes)
7¾ in. (19.5 cm.) high
The Hon. Mrs Nellie Ionides Collection, and thence by descent to the present owner.
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