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A Meissen commedia dell'arte group of Pantalone and Columbine, circa 1738

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Estimate:

25,000 - 35,000 GBP

A Meissen commedia dell'arte group of Pantalone and Columbine, circa 1738

A Meissen commedia dell'arte group of Pantalone and Columbine, circa 1738

Estimate:

25,000 - 35,000 GBP

Lot sold:

65,520

GBP

A Meissen commedia dell'arte group of Pantalone and Columbine, circa 1738


modelled by J.J. Kaendler, Columbine seated, holding a mask and reaching to caress her companion's beard as he bows to her, on a rockwork base applied with flowers, faint blue crossed swords mark

16.5cm., 6½ in. high

Overall of good appearance with some areas of restoration. In detail, three of the fingers on her left hand are restored, his left foot to the back of the base has been restored below the ankle and overpaited to the lower part of the shin, the foot may be a replacement. There is a small chip to the bottom of her curles and a small chip and slight discolourations to areas around her ruff. Very minor chipping to the petals of the flowers of the base. Some overpainting to the underside of the base, probably to cover a firing fault. Some small patehces of wear to the edge of his cape and scattered firing cracks.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.

Anonymous, sale Galerie Hugo Helbing, Munich, 26th May 1911, lot 2, illustrated pl. 1.
This popular and early commedia dell'arte group is based on a model of 1736 but was re-modelled on two occasions due to the moulds becoming unusable.  The earliest models show Columbine holding a rose or a mirror to Pantalone and omit the flowing cape and flowers applied to the base of the present example.  The later models convey a greater intimacy between the characters. The various versions of this group are discussed by Den Blaauwen, A. L., Meissen Porcelain: In the Rijksmuseum,  Amsterdam, 1999, cat. no. 316 where the author lists all the known examples of the three versions of the model. Several references to the remodeling of the group are made in Kaendler's Arbeitsberichte, often citing the deterioration of the mould.  See the entry dated August 1738, Pietsch, U., Die Arbeitsberichte des Meissener Porzellanmodelleurs Johann Joachim Kaendler 1706-1775, Leipzig, 2002, p.56, "Dem Pantaleon Nebst seinem bey sich habenden Frauen Zimmer Verneuert und solches Groppgen zum abformen aufs Neue tüchtig gemacht, Weiln Vorige Forme Nach öfftern gebrauch Wandelbar Worden. Darzu ist noch ein Verziertes Taberettgen worauf ein Hündgen gelegt, und neben die Figür gesetzt werden kann, gefertigt worden" (Pantaleon renewed with his female companion and the group made ready for moulding again, because the old mould became worn after being used too often. In addition, an embellished table on which a small dog lies, which can be placed next to the figure).  An entry from July 1741 records "Cropgen der Pantaleon Vorstellend nebst seinem bey sich habenden Frauen Zimmer Völlig erneuert solches aufs Sauberste auspoussiret und aufs neue brauchbar gemacht Weiln die Forme Vorhero gänzl. Ruiniret und unbrauchbar worden" (Group of Pantaleon next to his female companion completely renewed, remodelled and made useable, the form was ruined and unusable). The remodelling appears to have been completed in August of that year "Das neue Cropgen, den Pantaleon genannt, zerschnitten, und solches Modell zum abformen tüchtig gemacht und befördert" (The new group, called Pantaleon, taken apart, and made ready for remoulding and passed on). See also Arbeitsberichte 2002, p.80ff.  The three models are most clearly demonstrated in Munger, J., European Porcelain in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2018, no. 22, pp. 83-85 where the author discusses the evolution of this group and illustrated a similar example to the present group from the Untermyer Collection, fig. 32.  A version of this model was also produced in Vienna during the Du Paquier period, see the example from the Blohm and Linsky colletions, see O'Niell, J.P. (ed.), The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1984no. 195, p. 271 and the colour plate opposite p. 265.