An Uncommon Harlequin Pearlware Figure, Staffordshire, England, Early 19th C.
A rare and exquisite early Staffordshire Pearlware figure decorated with overglaze enamel colours, attributed to Wood & Caldwell after Derby and Meissen.
It represents one of the actors from the Italian Commedia Dell’arte, which was an amusing theatrical representation performed by professional actors who travelled in troupes throughout the streets and towns of 16th century Italy, causing jocularity and chaos wherever they went.
Harlequin is a masked figure, striking a fine pose with his swagger stick in front of a bocage, wonderful.
5 1/2” tall
In very good condition, professional restoration to bocage along with very minor surface wear commensurate with age.
Reference – Staffordshire Figures Volume, Myrna Schkolne
Ref Number: 222172A
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