The figure "Harlequin with Lidded Jug" by Johann Joachim Kaendler belongs to the Italian Comedy figure series and testifies to first-class craftsmanship. The design of commedia dell'arte sculptures is directly related to the arrival of a group of comedians hired by August III in Dresden in 1738.
Hand-painted, contrasting shades of red, black and gold shine on the harlequin prancing through a delicate floral landscape. Hidden allusions reveal his identity. The figure holds an engraved jug. "ZM" - the initials stand for the artist name "Zanni Müller", the Saxon harlequin actor Joseph Ferdinand Müller. The figure is depicted with love and devotion to the craft. Lovingly hand-painted, it appears dynamic and humorous.