A very rare Meissen needlecase figural etui
Lot 205
A very rare Kloster Veilsdorf gilt-metal-mounted etui, circa 1768-69
£2,000 - 3,000
US$ 3,400 - 5,000
Lot Details
A very rare Kloster Veilsdorf gilt-metal-mounted etui, circa 1768-69
Modelled by Friedrich Wilhelm Döll, the cover terminating in a half-figure of Harlequin wearing a mask and chequered costume and holding a hat in his left hand and a letter in the right, with flower-decorated drapery around his waist above the purple scale ground, the etui with a similar ground edged with iron-red scrollwork hung with trailing flowers, 11.6cm


  • In September 1767, Friedrich Wilhelm Döll modelled a flask in the form of Harlequin, and in 1768-69, three etuis, of which two were modelled with Harlequin and the third with Harlequine. Two further etuis with Harlequine were modelled between 1770 and 1774 by Johann Caspar Pfränger and Johann Lorenz Rinck (see Ralf-Jürgen Sattler, 'Theater Figuren' von Closter Veilsdorf, in R. Jansen (ed.), Commedia dell'Arte (2001), p. 88). The figure of Harlequin on this etui is similar in pose and colouring to the Kloster Veilsdorf figure of Harlequin modelled in 1764-65 by Wenzel Neu, after the engraving 'Arlechin, das lebendige Gemählde und lächrl. Cupido', by Johann Balthasar Probst, after drawings by Johann Jacon Schübler, published in Augsburg in 1729 (see Sattler, op. cit., p. 91).
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