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  • Figure
    Kändler, Johann Joachim, born 1706 - died 1775
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  • Place of origin:

    Meissen (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1740 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kändler, Johann Joachim, born 1706 - died 1775 (modeller)
    Meissen porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs O. J. Finney in memory of Oswald James Finney

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case P, shelf 3

Physical description

Figure of a greeting Harlequin of hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels. He is against a stump, towing with left foot forward and sweeping his hat low held with both hands. He has a white ruff and lozenge-diapered suit painted in black, blue and yellow, with red and gold brim, and beige shoes with red rosettes and black heels, and a brown slapstick in a grey belt.

Place of Origin

Meissen (made)


ca. 1740 (made)


Kändler, Johann Joachim, born 1706 - died 1775 (modeller)
Meissen porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels

Marks and inscriptions

Scrolling 'N'
Inscribed in blue/black (indistinct)

Incised on upper surface of base


Height: 15.6 cm, Length: 13.4 cm toe to plinth

Descriptive line

Figure of greeting Harlequin, hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels, modelled by J.J. Kändler, made by Meissen porcelain factory, Germany, ca. 1740.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hackenbroch, Yvonne. Meissen and other continental porcelain, faience and enamel in the Irwin Untermyer collection. Cambridge, Published for the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Harvard University Press, 1956, Fig. 53.
Jansen, Reinhard, ed. Commedia Dell'Arte, Fest der Komödianten, Keramische Kostbarkeiten aus den Museen der Welt Stuttgart: Arnoldsche, 2001, Cat. 16.


Hard paste porcelain



Subjects depicted

Commedia dell'arte


Ceramics; Porcelain; Figures & Decorative ceramics


Ceramics Collection

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