A Meissen group of Columbine and Harlequin from the ballet 'Carnaval' produced by Sergei Diaghilev and performed by the Ballets Russes to the music of Robert Schumann's piano suite Carnaval. Columbine and Harlequin are stood in an embracing pose on an oval base with chequered pattern, she wearing a ruffled dress embellished with turquoise bows, he in colourful chequered costume and black mask, his characteristic slapstick tucked under his left arm. Underglaze blue crossed swords, incised model number D 287, impressed assembler's number 136 to underside, circa 1913-23.
26.5 cm high.
Paul Scheurich's first models for the Meissen factory were those from the ballet 'Carnaval', performed several times by the Ballets Russes between 1910 and 1912 in Berlin. The part of Columbine was danced by Tamara Karsavina and Harlequin by Leonid Leontiev. Early drawings and photographs of the dancers show how the models are definite renditions of the characters in the ballet, also incorporating the original costume designs by Leon Bakst. See Johannes Rafael, Paul Scheurich - Porzellane für die Meissener Manufaktur (1996), no. 2, for a full discussion of the model.
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