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An image of Harlequin by Derby
Alternate image of Harlequin by Derby

Derby

(England 1750 – )

Title
Harlequin
Year
circa 1772-circa 1775
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions

16.9 x 7.7 x 6.6 cm

Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2012.128
Location
18th c European porcelain
Further information

Columbine (L2012.129) and Harlequin were among the best-loved characters in the Italian commedia dell’arte and were frequently portrayed in porcelain figures. Harlequin seems to derive from a Chelsea prototype. He is shown in his patchwork costume, masked and carrying a slapstick. The Derby pair are mentioned in a list compiled by John Haslam of models produced between c1772 and 1795.

Bibliography (1)

Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 73 (colour illus.). cat.no. 86