manufacturer: Bow porcelain factory (English, estab. circa 1747, closed 1776);  after: Meissen porcelain factory (German, estab. 1710); 

circa 1755-circa 1758
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figure of a Hurdy Gurdy Player, modelled as a girl seated playing the hurdy gurdy on her lap, in the white.
After Meissen production circa 1744 however Meissen’s figure is known as Columbine with a Hurdy Gurdy and is usually associated with Harlequin with Bagpipes both commedia dell’arte figures. The commedia dell’arte began in Italy as an improvised street theatre and is best known for its exuberant, irreverent characters such as the wily and agile Harlequin, Pantalone, Scaramouche, pensive Pierrot and the flirtatious Columbine.
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manufacturer: Bow porcelain factory (English, estab. circa 1747, closed 1776)
after: Meissen porcelain factory (German, estab. 1710)
Production place
Bow, London, England
Production date
circa 1755-circa 1758
Media description
porcelain, clear glazed
116 mm
Credit line
purchased with funds provided by the Nina Stanton 18th Century Porcelain Bequest, 2016
Project credit line
This digital record has been made available on TJC Collection Online through a significant donation from the OPENING DOORS fund, the generous support of The Friends of The Johnston Collection, and Digitisation Champion Christine Bell
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