Harlequin, Germany

Harlequin, Germany

Harlequin
Made at the Meissen porcelain factory; modelled by Johann Joachim Kändler (1706-75)
Germany, Meissen
About 1738
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.