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2006ab9146 jpg l

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Acquired in 1981 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
collection_code
T&P
credit
Harry R. Beard Collection, given by Isobel Beard
date_end
1900-12-31
date_start
1850-01-01
date_text
1850-1900 (made)
descriptive_line
Ceramic figurine of the Commedia dell'Arte character Mezzetin, lead-glazed earthenware, Northern Italian, second half of the 19th century.
dimensions
Height: 20.0 cm approx, Depth: 8.4 cm of base, Width: 9.4 cm of base
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id
950
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
Maker's mark in ochre on edge of leg on base.
materials
materials_techniques
Glazed hard-paste porcelain
museum_number
S.890-1981
museum_number_token
s8901981
object_number
O118267
object_type
Figurine
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physical_description
Glazed figurine of the Commedia dell'Arte character Mezzetin in a white belted tunic with green frogging, white trousers, purple shoes, light brown purse on purple belt, white neck ruff and soft white floppy hat. His right arm is held up at chest height, with his hand held to his chest, his left arm is down by his side. He stands on a base with four integral feet, decorated with two comedy masks and rococo style shell-like patterns and modelled details. Edge of base, with cross hatching, and circles on feet are painted green; other details highlighted in ochre.
place
Italy
primary_image_id
2006AB9146
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public_access_description
This figurine of Mezzetin, 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 to improvise 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. Mezzetin was one of the stock characters of Commedia dell'Arte. His name meant 'half measure' and in accordance with his inconsistent character could be a deceived or a deceiving husband, and could serve his master with devotion or take bribes and betray him. Although not one of the Commedia characters who became assimilated into British pantomime, he was well known in France in the 18th century and is the subject of a painting by Watteau dated 1718-1720.
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3
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slug
figurine-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
updated
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year_end
1900
year_start
1850