- Museum number
Figure of a harlequin; hard-paste porcelain; shaped slightly concave and partly glazed base with small circular hole; seated male figure supported by stump; marked.
- Production date
- 1790 (circa)
Height: 16.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Associated dates : 1735 (original model).
Figures from the Kelsterbach factory (in production 1761-68, 1789-1792, 1799-1802) are rare and of somewhat primitive form. This example, which has three firecracks on the base, has been poorly fired, resulting in the muddy appearance of the enamel colours.
Various versions of this figure are known, including a biscuit example illustrated by Röder (Röder 1931, Tafel XIXa) which was considered to be of 19th-century date, and perhaps not even of Kelsterbach origin. There is an undecorated Harlequin in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg (illustrated by H. Jedding, 'Europäisches Porzellan', Munich, 1971, Band I, p. III/151, fig. 422). A coloured figure was discussed by Röder (op. cit., Tafel XVIII C), who mentions another decorated one in the trade in Paris, and two white versions, the one in Hamburg Museum and another in a private collection in Germany. There is a coloured version in the Pflueger collection, New York, sold at Christie's Geneva, 28 April 1978, lot 37, pl. 6. A white version is illustrated in 'Führer durch die Grossherzogliche Porzellansammlung im Prinz-Georg-Palais', compiled by Gudrun Illgen, Darmstadt, 1982, p. 50.
Literature: K. Röder, 'Das Kelsterbacher Porzellan', Darmstadt, 1931, pp. 134-35
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number