Harlequin And Pug - Harlekin Mit Mops Meissen Porcelain Pfeiffer Zeit Figurine
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Harlequin And Pug - Harlekin Mit Mops Meissen Porcelain Pfeiffer Zeit Figurine:
Harlequin teasing pug - Harlekin Mit Mops
A MEISSEN FIGURE OF HARLEQUIN TEASING A PUG.Modelled byJ.J. Kändler circa 1740.For this model, Johann Joachim Kändlerhas clearly reinterpreted alight-hearted engraving entitledScaramucia, by Bernard Picart, published in 1696 in Amsterdam.This model depicts Kändler's Harlequin performing a sadistic lazzo, an interruption during the course of a scene where Harlequin or the other players would conjure up something witty, foolish or even cruel as an aside to the main action of the play. The first model was designed with a monkey,and as Meredith Chilton says "as [Harlequin] twists a monkey's tail, making it scream in pain in mockery of the music played on a hurdy-gurdy, he is clealrly relishing his cruelty and bends to his task with gusto". The model has beenaltered in 1740 and recorded as follows: "1. Theatralisches Figurgen, welsches einen Hund statt einer Leyer unterm Arme hält und gleichsam leyert" (1 figure that holds a dog instead of a hurdy-gurdy underneath his arm but plays it like ahurdy-gurdy nonetheless).
Provenance: sale house.Max Adolf Pfeiffer (Pfeifferzeit period)
The figurine is circa 1920, during the period that Max Adolf Pfeiffer was at the head of the factory, having generated a reinvention of Meissen and very known due to quality improvements. The Meissen mark (two swords with a point between them) is 1920-1934. The piece's height is about 18 cm. The item is in very good conditions according to the age.
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