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Harlequin, Columbine and Child under a Tree, also known as Harlequin's Family: C.94-1950

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Titles

Harlequin, Columbine and Child under a Tree, also known as Harlequin's Family

Maker(s)

Derby Porcelain Factory (Factory)
William Duesbury & Co. (Proprietor)
After Kändler, Johann Joachim (Modeller)

Description

Soft-paste porcelain figure group of Harlequin and Columbine holding a little boy, standing under a tree on a base with a scrolled edge

Soft-paste porcelain figure group, slipcast, with applied hand-modelled details, painted over lead-glaze in pale turquoise, yellowish-green, green, yellow, flesh, pink, puce, purle, red, brown, grey, and black enamels, and gilt.
Harlequin is wearing a white hat, with a blue, red, and yellow triangle pattern jacket and trousers, as well as black shoes with red buckles. Columbine wears a green and red bodice, white blouse, white skirt with wavy lines in yellow, red and black, as well as white shoes with red bows. The child wears a pink hat and flowered dress.
The flat unglazed underside has a central round ventilation hole, and three very slight patch marks at intervals on the edge. The edge of the four-sided convex base is moulded with inward and outward curving C-scrolls, and has five applied flowers and leaves, around the base of the flowering tree which stands in the centre, leaning towards the front.

Notes

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

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England
  • Meissen ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1756 CE - 1759 CE

Note

The group was derived from the Harlequin Family, a Meissen model of 1738 by J.J. Kaendler, which does not have a tree between Harlequin and Columbine. Chilton, Documentation 2001, cites numerous examples of the Meissen model, and copies by other factories, including Mennecy, and Derby. The model is D3 in Bradshaw's list of 'Pale Family Derby Models 1756-9', Documentation, 1990, although its colouring is not typically pale.

School or Style

Rococo

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( pale turquoise, yellowish-green, green, yellow, flesh, pink, puce, purle, red, brown, grey, and black) gold Surface composed of lead-glaze ( presumed) Base Width 15.1 cm

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slipcast, with applied hand-modelled details, painted over lead-glaze in pale turquoise, yellowish-green, green, yellow, flesh, pink, puce, purle, red, brown, grey, and black enamels, and gilt.
Lead-glazing

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.94-1950
Primary reference Number: 80746
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 14 October 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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