The characters from the Italian Comedy (Commedia dell'arte) theatrical tradition were favorite subjects for porcelain makers because they could be shown in wonderfully colorful costumes and in extravagant poses appropriate for slapstick. That’s certainly true for this pair. In fact, Harlequin actually holds a slapstick! Even at a tiny four and three-quarters inches tall, they are exciting to look at. And when you get close, you can see some marvelous lacework, so delicate that you wonder how any of it survived, but much of it is still here. Condition is not the best, reflected in the low price. His hat/hand has been reglued. His slapstick and his right hand have been partially restored. The back of her blouse has been repainted but not the front, so I’m not sure what has been repaired there. Various chips to the extremely fine lacework, so check the photos.

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KPM Berlin Italian Comedy Porcelain Figures of Harlequin and Columbine c.1885.


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