Figure of a Harlequin

about 1750
Made by Höchst Manufactory (Germany)


Height: 15.9 cm (6 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain

Not On View





Standing, sticking out his tongue, his left foot slightly raised as in dancing, his left hand touching the rim of his green hat in salute, his right holding the wooden sword hanging on his belt, the tight-fitting doublet with long sleeves and his long trousers covered with triangles in black, iron-red, green and yellow, black shoes, round his neck a white ruff, black beard, the white base with green leaves.


Impressed letter B, iron-red painter's mark Z for Johannes Zechinger.


By 1925, Otto Blohm (b. 1870 - d. 1944) and Magdalena Blohm (b. 1879 - d. 1950), Hamburg, Caracas, and New York [see note 1]. 1948, sold by Stoner and Evans, New York, to Edward M. Pflueger (b. 1905 - d. 1997) and Kiyi Powers Pflueger (b. 1915 - d. 2006), New York; 2006, bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 26, 2006)

[1] Lent to Das Höchster Porzellan auf der Jahrtausend-Ausstellung in Mainz 1925 (catalogue published Mainz, 1930), p. 15, cat. no. 15, pl. 3d.

Credit Line

Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection. Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger