Matthew Barton Ltd European Works of Art - Thursday 23rd May 2019
A MEISSEN FIGURE OF A CHILD AS PULCINELLA CIRCA 1765 modelled by Johann Joachim Kändler (1706-1775)
dancing with raised leg and outstretched arms wearing a yellow hat turquoise and puce humped jacket and yellow breeches impressed 24 13.5cm high some restoration and chips From Kändler’s ‘Komödienkinder’ series supposedly first made for Count von Kayserling in 1765 after an engraving by Johann Esaias Nilson (1721-1788) ‘L’amour triomphant par les intrigues d’Harlequin’. For an example of this model from the Hans Syz Collection see The Gardiner Museum Toronto Object No.G96.5.308. The Commedia dell’Arte hunchback character Pulcinella was anglicised to Punchinello hence evolving into that Lord of Misrule Mr Punch. Provenance: Meissen Figures from the Barlow Collection the collection started by Sir Thomas Dalmahoy Barlow GBE (1883-1964) banker and industrialist also known as an art collector and historian; added to by his son Basil Stephen Barlow (1918-1991); thence by family descent.