Figures of Harlequin and a Dervish

Dutch (Delft)
about 1700
Artist Unidentified


Height x width: 21 x 24 cm (8 1/4 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware

On View

Art of the Netherlands in the 17th Century Gallery (Gallery 242)





Standing figure of harlequin in black-red-blue costume with a ruff collar. He holds his right hand over his heart, and a lowers a brown hat in his left. Stands on a black, hexagonal base. Standing figure of a dervish in long dress and green vest holds a baton in the right hand and left hand behind the back. Stands on a matching black, hexagonal base.


On Harlequin, two labels:
"Art Ceramique Ancien NICOLIER Expert, 7, Quai Voltaire, Paris"
"Collection G. Ephis / DELFT 062"

On Columbine or Dervish figure:
"Collection G. Ephis / DELFT 063"


May 1991, sold by Philippe Nicolier (dealer), Paris, to the G. Ephis collection (private collector), France; 2012, sold by the G. Ephis collection to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 2012).

Credit Line

The G. Ephis Collection—Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously, Charles Bain Hoyt Fund, John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, Mary S. and Edward J. Holmes Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, Tamara Petrosian Davis Sculpture Fund, John Lowell Gardner Fund, Seth K. Sweetser Fund, H. E. Bolles Fund, and funds by exchange from the Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection-Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger