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The Angry or Scowling Harlequin: C.1-1951

Object information


The Angry or Scowling Harlequin


Meissen Porcelain Factory (Factory)
Kändler, Johann Joachim (Modeller)


Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in blue, green, turquoise-green, yellow, flesh pink, puce, red, and black enamels. The underside is flat and unglazed and has a small central ventilation hole which has been plugged. The shallow base is almost round and rises up at the back into a tree stump with a projecting root on the viewer's left. Harlequin stands on his left foot with his right foot beside it and his right knee bent, leaning back against the tree stump. His head is turned to his left, and he holds up a pipe in his right hand and in his left holds the remains of a slapstick next to his right thigh. He has black hair, eyebrows, and a patch on his cheek, and red mouth, turned down at the corners. He wears a grey broad-brimmed hat with a green flower and a red feather attached to the turned up brim; a white ruffle round his neck, a partly yellow and partly red, green and black chequered coat, trousers with one blue leg and one purple and white striped leg, and black shoes with yellow bows on top.


History note: Purchased from H. E. Backer, London

Legal notes

Purchased with the Cowper Reed Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1951-01-06) by Backer, H.E.


Mid 18th Century
Circa 1738 CE - 1746 1746 CE


This model does not appear in Kaendler's work records, as some large Harlequins do, but is considered to have been modelled between about 1738 and 1740 or up to 1746

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamels ( blue, green, turquoise-green, yellow, flesh pink, puce, red, and black) Base: Width 7.7 cm

Materials used in production

clear Glaze Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in blue, green, turquoise-green, yellow, flesh pink, puce, red, and black enamels.
Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1-1951
Primary reference Number: 131028
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 14 October 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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