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The Indiscreet Harlequin: C.80-1950

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Titles

The Indiscreet Harlequin

Maker(s)

Bow Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)
After Kändler, Johann Joachim (Modeller)

Description

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels, and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash (presumed), press-moulded, and painted over lead-glaze in blue, green, yellow, a little flesh-pink, red, pale greyish-brown, pale brown, dark brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The three-sided base is closed underneath and has a concave area at the front, and a large circular ventilation hole further back. The interior of the group and the central area of the base are glazed. Beltrame sits on a large green and brown mound with Columbine seated on his left knee. His right foot rests on Harlequin who reclines on the ground in front of them, lasciviously lifting Columbine's skirt a little with his left hand and peering beneath it.
Beltrame wears a black hat, a white shirt with a ruff; a white jacket with red and white striped sleeves, and gold trimming round the armholes and waist; breeches with red and white stripes at the top and yellow fabric at the bottom and a gold rosette at the knee; and black shoes with gold bows. Columbine wears a small yellow tricorn hat, a green bodice with blue lacing over a white stomacher, a flowered skirt, and yellow high-heeled shoes with white bows. Harle-quin has a long-sleeved, pale greyish-brown jacket with red collar and cuffs, and four gold flower-shaped buttons down the front; breeches with a red trellis diaper pattern; blue stockings, and black shoes with a red rosette on top.
The top of the base is green with applied green leaves, and flowers: a white, a yellow, a blue and three red and white.

Notes

History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.5 cm
Width: 17.9 cm

Relative size of this object

17.9 cm19.5 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England
  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs

Dating

Mid-18th Century
George II
Circa 1753 CE - 1755 1755 CE

Note

The 'Indiscreet Harlequin' was based on a Meissen group (model number 344) modelled by J.J. Kaendler, about 1742, but not mentioned in his Taxa or work notes. It differs from the Meissen model in minor details, such as the shape of the lover's hat. The pose of Columbine may have been inspired by an engraving of Columbine and Harlequin from Les Amours de Columbine by Petrus Schenck after drawings by Gérard-Joseph Xavery, and Harlequin's pose by that in Harlequin and the Blind Beggar, plate 32 of Gregorio Lambranzi, New and Eccentric School of Theatrical Dancing, 1716. See Documention, Chilton, 2001.

School or Style

Rococo

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, a little flesh-pink, red, pale greyish-brown, pale brown, dark brown, and black) lead-glaze ( presumed lead) gold

Materials used in production

presumed phosphatic, containg bone ash Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels, and gilt
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular printed in black 'ENGLISH.CERAMIC.CIRCLE 1948' surrounding 'No.' and in black ink '166'

  • Text: ENGLISH.CERAMIC.CIRCLE 1948 No. 166
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Label

Inscription present: rectangular strip

  • Text: OLD BOW GROUP AFTER MEISSEN/GROUP BY KAENDLER 'LIEBSGR(UPPE). MIT (HARLEKIN)'
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.80-1950
Primary reference Number: 42132
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 27 April 2017 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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