An image of Harlequin

Derby

(England 1750 – )

Harlequin

Location
18th c European porcelain
Further information

Columbine (L2012.129) and Harlequin were among the best-loved characters in the Italian commedia dell’arte and were frequently portrayed in porcelain figures. Harlequin seems to derive from a Chelsea prototype. He is shown in his patchwork costume, masked and carrying a slapstick. The Derby pair are mentioned in a list compiled by John Haslam of models produced between c1772 and 1795.

Year
circa 1772-circa 1775
Media
Ceramic
Medium
soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions
16.9 x 7.7 x 6.6 cm
Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2012.128