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2006ab9018 jpg l

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Acquired in 1994 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
collection_code
T&P
credit
Bequest of John James
date_end
1900-12-31
date_start
1850-01-01
date_text
1850-1900 (made)
descriptive_line
Ceramic figurine of a Commedia dell'Arte character, possibly Comico, lead-glazed earthenware, Northern Italian, second half of the 19th century.
dimensions
Height: 20.0 cm, Width: 7.4 cm of base, Depth: 7.5 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
id
949
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T19:22:53.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T19:22:53.000Z
latitude
42.502998
location
In Storage
longitude
12.57341
marks
materials
materials_techniques
Lead-glazed earthenware
museum_number
S.24-1994
museum_number_token
s241994
object_number
O118265
object_type
Figurine
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Ceramic figurine wearing a black mask, white ruff and cape, yellow and green striped belted jacket and trousers and maroon shoes. He is standing with his right hand in his pocket and his left hand concealed by his white cape. He stands against a green glazed brick 'column' on a raised base with a white circular surface with four integral feet. The base has a decorative band of moulded laurel leaves, two comedy masks and rococo style shells, highlighted in ochre paint.
place
Italy
primary_image_id
2006AB9018
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
This figurine, probably produced in the second half of the 19th century, is one of a set representing various characters from the Italian knockabout comedy called the Commedia dell'Arte, or 'artistic comedy'. This was the popular improvised type of comedy which flourished in Italy from the 16th to the 18th centuries and had an impact on theatre throughout Europe, especially France. Commedia plays were acted along pre-arranged scenarios but relied on the performers' ability for improvisation and ensured their popularity with a mixture of knockabout comedy, acrobatic leaping and romantic interest. Various visiting Italian troupes performed in France in the 16th century where their type of theatre was called the Com├ędie-Italienne. By the 17th century however their plays were being performed largely in French, and by the 18th century Commedia dell'Arte was a recognised part of the French theatre. This character may be the Comico, or comical character, who often wore brightly coloured clothes to stand apart from the rest of the characters and whose function was both as a member of the cast and a character who talked directly to the audience, interpreting the action.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
figurine-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
1900
year_start
1850