A RARE MEISSEN GROUP OF HARLEQUIN AND COLUMBINE CIRCA 1743
modeled by Johann Joachim Kändler, with Harlequin seated beside Columbine, Harlequin wearing a mask and holding a sausage in his left hand, Columbine holding a slapstick in her right hand, on a mound base applied with flowering vines.
Height: 6⅛ in.
Harlequin's raised arm, upper body, neck and right arm restored. His right foot restored. His chin restored. Columbine's slapstick restored. The top of her hat restored. Both her hands restored. The lower part of her cloak restored. Minor restored chips and losses to applied flowers and leaves.
The restoration is well done.
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Röbbig München, bearing label
Kändler notes in his Taxa, or work records, between 1740 and 1748: '1. dergl. (Groupgen) aus 2. Figuren bestehend, da ein Arlequin neben einem Frauenzimmer sizt, solche zu caressi, die ihn mit der Pritzsche schlägt', [1 similar (group) consisting of 2 figures, a Harlequin seated next to a lady, caressing her, she hits him with a slapstick.], Menzhausen, 1993, p. 137. The figure group is mentioned again in Kändler's notes of January 1743: 'Ein Groupgen aus 2 Figuren bestehend, da ein Arlequin neben einem Frauenzimmer sitzt, solche zu caressieren, die ihn mit der Pritzsche schlägt', [A group of two figures, in which a harlequin seated beside a lady, intending to caress her, while she hits him with a slapstick], Rückert, 1966, p. 168, no. 868.
Rainer Rückert, Meißener Porzellan, 1710-1810, Munich, 1966, p. 168, no. 209, illustrates an example now in the Bayerische Nationalmuseum, formerly in the de Zichy-Thyssen Collection. Other examples include those that were in the Collections of Walter von Pannwitz, sold, Hugo Helbing, Munich, October 24-25, 1905, pl. LVIII; Jacques Mühsam, sold, Glückselig, Vienna, April 27-30, 1925, lot 84; Sir Ernest Cassel, London, and his granddaughter, Lady Louis Mountbatten, by descent, subsequently sold, Puttick & Simpson, London May 25-27, 1932, lot 652. An example of this model with very close decoration sold at Christie's London, June 2-3, 2015, lot 30.