A MEISSEN FIGURE OF 'THE GREETING HARLEQUIN' CIRCA 1740-45
modeled by Johann Joachim Kändler, seated on a tree-stump and bowing deeply with his left leg forward and holding a pale yellow hat, wearing a pale yellow, puce and blue jacket, tied with a belt holding a slapstick at his side, pale puce pantaloons and white shoes tied with yellow bows, his grimacing mustachioed face with three beauty spots, on a small mound base applied with trailing flowers, traces of crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue.
Height: 6⅛ in.
The Collection of Sir Ernest Cassel, Brook House, London
Lady Louis Mountbatten, by descent
'The Brook House Collection' formed by the late Rt. Hon. Sir Ernest Cassel, G.C.B., sold, Puttick & Simpson, May 25-27, 1932, lot 596
Collection of Monsieur Armand Esders, Paris, sold, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 19-20, 1941, lot 183
Angela Gräfin von Wallwitz, Munich, March 2006
Siemen, 1995, cat. no. 20
von Wallwitz, 2006, pp. 70-75, cat. no. 10
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 47, p. 259, illus.
This figure is listed in Kändler's Taxa or overtime work records between April 1st and the end of July 1738: 'Einen nach Watteauischen Kupfferstich geferttigeten Tänzer, mit einer Feder auf den Huth, auf der rechten Achßel hat er ein Mäntelgen hangen', [a dancer completed after a Watteauesque engraving, with a feather on his hat, he has a small cloak hanging on his right arm], Ulrich Pietsch, Die Arbeitsberichte des Meissener Porzellanmodelleurs Johann Joachim Kaendler, 1706-1775, Leipzig, 2002, p. 59.
A second example of this figure was in the Gustav and Charlotte von Klemperer Collection, Dresden, illustrated in the collection catalogue by Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Porzellansammlung Gustav von Klemperer, Dresden, 1928, no. 558. This example was sold at Bonhams London, December 8, 2010, lot 42. At least two other figures have appeared at auction, one sold at Christie's London, March 1, 1993, lot 225; and another at Sotheby's London, June 5, 1951, lot 161. The latter example was acquired by Irwin Untermyer and was gifted to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 64.101.83. Sotheby’s Scientific Research department used non-invasive XRF for this lot to screen the green enamel for chromium, which was detected.