modelled by Johann Joachim Kändler, with a seated woman turning from the advances of her amorous suitor who kneels with Cupid on his back and a mocking Harlequin at his side, all raised on an oval flower-strewn base. Extensively restored.
This rarely found group is recorded in Känder's Taxa: "1 dergl. (Groupgen) aus 4 Figuren bestehend, da eine Schäfferin auf Rasen sitz, zu der sich ein sauber angekleideter Jüngling findet, der sie lieben will, die sich aber weigert, auf dem Jüngling is Cupido, der ihn bey den Harren hält und ihn seinem Bogen auf den Kopff prügelt, dabey ein Arelquin stehet, und den Jüngling auslacht [1 similar (group) comprising 4 figures, a shepherdess seated on grass, by whom is an elegant young man who declares his love, which she refuses, on the youth is Cupid, who holds his hair and hits him on the head with his bow, a harlequin stands nearby mocking the youth.]" Meredith Chilton, Harlequin Unmasked, p. 306, illustrates two versions of the group and suggests a modelling date of 1743 on the basis of the model number. Other versions of the group exist with the addition of either a dog or a sheep on the base, and with the absence of both Cupid and Harlequin. An example with a sheep was in the Jörg Nelte Collection, sold at Christie's, London, October 12, 1995, lot 46.
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