Made at the Meissen porcelain factory; modelled by Johann Joachim Kändler (1706-75)
Porcelain, painted in enamels
Museum no. C.11-1984
Given by Mrs O.J. Finney in memory of Oswald James Finney
The creator of this harlequin, J.J. Kändler, was the greatest porcelain modeller of his time. He established the sculptural conventions for all early European porcelain figures. Such pieces were initially made to replace wax and sugar sculptures used at grand dinners. This portrait of a celebrated harlequin, however, was not a table decoration. It was intended as a cabinet piece for connoisseurs.