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Columbine Dancing

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Bow Porcelain Manufactory, factory, England, Essex, Stratford-le-Bow


Bow Porcelain Manufactory; Stratford-le-Bow, (Essex), London


J. W. L. Glaisher


porcelain; soft-paste porcelain




circa 1750 1755




mid-18th Century; George II


Soft-paste porcelain figure of Columbine Dancing.
Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded, and covered with slightly speckly lead-glaze on the visible surfaces. The closed underside is unglazed and has an oval ventilation hole at the back. The low base is almost round, with a small projecting rock on the right, and a square aperture at the back to take an attachment. On the front there are two applied flowers, each with two leaves, and a very small flower on the rock. Columbine stands on her left leg with her right leg raised in front. She turns her head over her left shoulder and holds out both arms towards her right. She carried a slapstick under her left arm, now missing except for a portion attached to her waist. She wears a broad-brimmed had, turned up at the front, a ruffle round her neck, a long-sleeved bodice with a basque, and a full skirt.


press-moulding; whole
lead-glazing; whole; exce[t for the underside of base, presumed lead


soft-paste porcelain; whole; presumed phosphatic
lead-glaze; whole; presumed lead


soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded, and covered with slightly speckly lead-glaze on the visible surfaces


height, whole, 13.5, cm


bequeathed; 1928; Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Frederick S. Weinberg; Seafield Lodge, Broughty Ferry; Sotheby's, 9 November 1922, lot 75; bought for Dr J.W.L. Glaisher by Mr Hyman for £1.10.0.


In his MS Catalogue Glaisher remarked that 'There is nothing very special about it [the figure]except the B but I am always tempted to buy white Bow figures when I see them'.

Acquisition Credit:

Bequeathed by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher


mark; into the top of the base to the right of the figure; impressed; B


Rackham, Bernard. 1928. Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Ceramics, Catalogue of English Porcelain, Earthenware, Enamels and Glass collected by Charles Schreiber Esq., M.P., and the Lady Charlotte Elizabeth Schreiber, and presented to the Museum in 1884, Volume I, Porcelain.London: p. p. 17
Ref.There is an impressed 'B' mark on a pair of cooks in the Schreiber Collection, see no. 46. Cf. A coloured example p. 17, no. 48, and pl. 2

Rackham, Bernard. 1935 (reprinted Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, 1987). Catalogue of the Glaisher Collection of Pottery and Porcelain in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. p. 385
Publ. Vol. I, p. 385, no. 3040

Savage, George. 1952. 18th-Century English Porcelain.London: Rockliff Publishing Corporation Limited
Cf. A coloured example with Harlequin, in the Mr and Mrs Sigmund J. Katz collection, pl. 54

Christie's. 1997. British and Continental Ceramics.London: p. pp. 124-5
Ref. For an example, see, pp. 124-5 lot 308.

Bradshaw, Peter. 1992. Bow Porcelain Figures circa 1748-1774.London: Barrie & Jenkinsp. p. 169
Ref. The girl is probably to be identified as the Columbine dancing, with a companion Harlequin B3 in Bradshaw's list of Bow figures, see, p. 169, B3. However, although usually described as Columbine, she is more correctly identified as Harlequine.

Stoner, Frank. 1955. Chelsea, Bow and Derby Porcelain Figures.Newport (Hants): Ceramic Book Co.
Cf. Another example, pl. 71

Pauls-Eisenbeiss, Erika. Meister, P. W.. 1972. German Porcelain of the 18th Century.London: Barrie & Jenkinsp. p. 321
Cf. p. 321, no. 2 Dancing Columbine.

Chilton, Meredith. 2001. Harlequin Unmasked: The Commedia dell'Arte and Porcelain Sculpture.New Haven: p. p. 308
Ref. The model was derived from a Meissen figure in the Commedia dell'Arte modelled by Peter Reinicke, and corrected by J.J. Kaendler, for the Duke of Weissenfels, in 1744 and later. In this series the figure of Harlequine was dancing and Columbine had a mask and castanets. Reinicke recorded that he had modelled a Dancing Harlequine in October 1744, see p. 308


Object Number: C.3040-1928
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 41591; input: 2002-02-08; modified: 2012-05-04)


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