Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Harlequin Dressed as Columbine

Factory:
Gardner Factory (Russian)
Date:
ca. 1770–80
Culture:
Russian, Verbilki
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Height: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.60.158
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 543
In 1766, the English entrepreneur Francis Gardner, with the permission of Catherine the Great, established the first great porcelain factory in the Russian empire, in the town of Verbilky. The factory operated under the Gardner name until 1892, when it was acquired by M. S. Kusnetsov, who continued the production as Kusnetsov Brothers until 1917.

This pair of porcelain figures (see also 1982.60.157) reflects the enchantment of the Saint Petersburg nobility and the imperial court with masquerades, metamorphoses, and theme balls. Such figures also reflect the fascination of the so-called Venice of the North with southern Europe and its theatrical characters, such as those of the commedia dell'arte.
Marking: Unmarked
Jack and Belle Linsky (until 1982; to MMA)
Related Objects

Harlequin

Artist: Gardner Factory (Russian) Date: ca. 1770–80 Medium: Hard-paste porcelain Accession: 1982.60.157 On view in:Gallery 543

Cup

Artist: Possibly made at Gardner Factory (Russian) Date: ca. 1780 Medium: Hard-paste porcelain Accession: 06.354a On view in:Not on view

Woman with a Fruit Basket

Artist: Gardner Factory (Russian) Date: ca. 1820 Medium: Hard-paste porcelain Accession: 1982.60.144 On view in:Gallery 543

Milkmaid

Artist: Gardner Factory (Russian) Date: ca. 1820 Medium: Hard-paste porcelain Accession: 1982.60.145 On view in:Gallery 543

Monkeys

Artist: Gardner Factory (Russian) Date: ca. 1770 Medium: Hard-paste porcelain Accession: 1982.60.159 On view in:Gallery 543