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Harlequin: EC.8A-1938

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)




Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of Harlequin, press-moulded, with hand-modelled details, and painted over lead-glaze in polychrome enamels, and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of Harlequin, press-moulded, with hand-modelled details, and painted over lead-glaze in blue, green, yellow, flesh-pink, salmon-pink, pale and darker purple, and black enamels, and gilt. The square base has four scroll feet with a rocaille motif pierced by a heart between the front two. The underside of each foot is unglazed. The figure is supported at the back by a tall tree stump with a Y-shaped branch on each side bearing two applied flowers and leaves. At the base of the stump at the back there is a square aperture to take an attachment. Harlequin stands on his left leg with his right leg forward, his foot resting between two applied flowers on the front edge of the base. He leans back and to his right slightly, his left hand resting on his chest, and his right hand held out in front holding a slap stick which passes under his right arm. He wears a black carnival mask with eyebrows and whiskers, a pale purple hat with a turned back brim and gold scalloped edge. His jacket and trousers are patterned overall with triangles of different colours, and he has salmon-pink shoes with gold buckles. The tree has two blue flowers and two pink flowers, and there is a blue flower and a yellow flower on the top of the base. The base is picked out in pale green and two shades of purple.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Cecil E. Byas

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.7 cm
Width: 8.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1938) by Byas, Cecil E.


Second half of 18th century
George III
Production date: circa AD 1765

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue turquoise, green, yellow, orange, flesh-orange, pink, and brown) lead-glaze ( presumed lead) gold

Materials used in production

presumed phosphatic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded, with hand-modelled details, and painted over lead-glaze in polychrome enamels, and gilt
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.8A-1938
Primary reference Number: 41993
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 21 September 2016 Last processed: Friday 7 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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