A fine Bow group of Harlequin and Columbine dancing circa 1755
Lot 118*
A fine Bow group of Harlequin and Columbine dancing circa 1755
Sold for £19,200 (US$ 32,538) inc. premium
Lot Details
A fine Bow group of Harlequin and Columbine dancing
circa 1755
modelled in the round, holding each other closely, both with one leg raised and with smiling animated expressions, wearing matching costumes in pale yellow trimmed in blue, his sleeves and her apron picked out in puce, his jacket and her skirt painted with indianische blumen, the round mound base applied with flowers and leaves, 19cm high (restoration to her right leg and sleeve and to his neck, some chipping to applied flowers and the hems of her skirt and apron)

Footnotes

  • This group is copied from the Meissen model of Harlequin and Columbine Dancing, modelled by J J Kändler in 1743. See Ingeleore Menzhasuen, In Porzellan versaubert, pp 136-7. The model, variously known as the 'Dutch Dancers', 'Tyrolean Dancers' and 'Polish Dancers' was copied in Chinese Export porcelain, at Chelsea and at Bow. Meissen, Chelsea and Chinese examples are illustrated by Rosalie Wise Sharp, Ceramics, Ethics and Scandal, pp 150-152 and another, slightly later, Bow example by Peter Bradshaw, Bow Porcelain Figures, p 143. A Meissen example was sold in these rooms on 16 May 2001, lot 230 and the Chelsea version on 2 December 1993, lot 247
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