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Mezzetin from the Italian Comedy: C.815-1928

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Mezzetin from the Italian Comedy

Maker(s)

Unknown (Factory)
After Reinicke, Peter (Modeller)

Description

White-salt-glazed stoneware painted in enamels

White salt-glazed stoneware painted in blue, green, pink, brown grey, and black enamels. The figure stands on a roughly oval base with a tree stump at the back, and a spray of green foliage at the front. Mezzetin stands on his left leg with his right leg extended behind him. His left hand hangs down and his right is extended towards the viewer. He wears a loose brown cap, a white frill round his neck, a blue jacket, brown breeches and black shoes. A bright pink cloak passes over his left shoulder and arm, and is wrapped around him.

Notes

History note: J.Henry Griffith Collection, 336 Hagley Road, Birmingham; Frank Stoner, London, from whom purchased on 5 October 1925 for £203

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr

Dating

Third quarter of 18th century
George II
Circa 1755 CE - 1760 1760 CE

Note

The Meissen prototype for this figure was modelled by Peter Reinicke after an engraving by François Joullain (1797-1778) in Luigi Riccoboni's 'Histoire du théâtre italien', I, Paris, 1728, pl. 13, 'Habit de Mezzetin'. It was one of a set of Italian Comedy characters made for Johann Adolph II, Duke of Weissenfels in 1743-44.

School or Style

Rococo

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamel ( blue, green, pink, grey, and black) Surface: composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production

Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Press-moulded stoneware, salt-glazed, and painted in blue, green, pink, grey, and black enamels
Salt-glazing

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.815-1928
Primary reference Number: 76146
Old object number: 4831
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 October 2021 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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