A Meissen figure of Harlequin dancing, circa 1740 (restored)
Lot 43
A very rare Meissen figure of Harlequin dancing circa 1740
Sold for £74,400 (US$ 125,554) inc. premium
Auction Details
A Meissen figure of Harlequin dancing, circa 1740 (restored)
Lot Details
A very rare Meissen figure of Harlequin dancing
circa 1740
Modelled by J.J. Kaendler, wearing a blue hat with red bow, a jacket half iron-red and half yellow reserved with playing cards and edged in gilding, trousers with one green leg and one with alternating purple stripes, and black shoes with red ribbons, holding a sausage in his right hand and gesturing with the left, the base applied with leaves and flowers, 18.5cm high, inventory number PE 120 painted in red (repaired, lower section of base replaced)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    W.F.B. Massey-Mainwaring Collection, London;
    Henry J. King Collection, London, acquired from the above in 1899, sold by Christie's London, 5 May 1914, lot 56;
    Gustav and Charlotte von Klemperer Collection, Dresden, to 1938;
    Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden - Porzellansammlung im Zwinger, Inv. no. PE 120, to 2010

    Literature:
    Schnorr von Carolsfeld 1928, no. 561;
    Handt/Rakebrandt 1956, no. 106
    Porzellansammlung 1982, ill. 114;
    Menzhausen/Karpinski 1988, no.133 (part);
    Porzellansammlung Führer 1998, p. 214;
    Jansen (ed). 2001, no. 15;
    Pietsch 2006, no. 80

    Exhibited:
    London, Bethnal Green Museum, 1874-1899;
    Berlin, Commedia dell'Arte Fest der Komödianten, Schloss Charlottenburg, 2001

    Another example of this figure is in the Pauls Collection, Basel (published by Menzhausen/Karpinski 1993, p.131.

    The figure was originally restored by Richard Seyffarth around 1950; the (replacement) slapstick was replaced by Heike Ulbricht in 2001 with the present sausage (Pietsch 2006, p. 60).
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