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