Meissen Harlequin figure by JJ.Kändler 146 figurine Commedia Dell'arte
A superb Meissen figure, originally modelled by JJ. Kändler of Meissen.
Wearing a mask, he is sitting on a tree stump and holding a hat and jug of beer
in a greeting pose.
A harlequin from the Italian comedy 'Comeddia Dell'arte' play.
As a modelmeister, he was responsible for what is probably the greatest
collection of early 18th century porcelain figurines, perhaps only matched by Franz Anton Bustelli
of Nymphenburg. He was able to breathe life and movement into these delightful porcelain
creations. He modelled birds and animals, sometimes life size, figures from the Royal Court,
as well as peoples from the world and everyday life. Originally, these began as table decorations for the nobility and royalty to enrich their porcelain dinner services.
Measures 16cm tall.
Model number 146 (b)
Perfect, mint condition.
Mid to late 20th Century.