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An image of Harlequin and a lady with parrots, model by Meissen

Meissen

(Germany 1710 – )

Title
Harlequin and a lady with parrots, model
Year
1745
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions

17.0 x 14.1 x 12.5 cm

Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2012.63
Location
18th c European porcelain
Further information

The model is fully described in Kändler’s work records for November–December 1745 as ‘a Watteau group depicting a finely dressed lady in a gown seated on a lawn with a basket of cherries on her lap from which she offers cherries to a parrot in a nearby tree; a little table next to her with a parrot on it and beside them Harlequin’. While not in his traditional patchwork costume, Harlequin nevertheless carries the usual slapstick in his belt.

Bibliography (2)

Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 28 (colour illus.). cat.no. 28

Josephine Touma, Look, 'Porcelain's powerful potential', pg.32-33, Newtown, Nov 2012, 32 (colour illus.), 33.