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2006ab9162 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 the Commedia dell'Arte character Columbine, lead-glazed earthenware, Northern Italian, second half of the 19th century.
dimensions
Height: 19.3 cm maximum, Width: 8.0 cm maximum, Depth: 10.0 cm maximum, Width: 9.0 cm maximum of base, Depth: 8.7 cm maximum depth of base, Height: 4.2 cm maximum height of base
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id
955
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T19:22:54.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T19:22:54.000Z
latitude
42.502998
location
In Storage
longitude
12.57341
marks
Yellow mark inside
materials
materials_techniques
Lead-glazed earthenware
museum_number
S.26-1994
museum_number_token
s261994
object_number
O118262
object_type
Figurine
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original_price
physical_description
Ceramic figurine of the Commedia dell'Arte 'Columbine', painted in underglaze colours. She wears a black mask, black and yellow tricorn hat, white low cut blouse, black bodice, pink skirt with magenta peplum and floral decoration, white apron, white tights and black buckled shoes. She stands on a base with four integral feet, decorated with two comedy masks and rococo style shell-like patterns and modelled details. Base has a decorative band of laurel leaves painted green.
place
Italy
primary_image_id
2006AB9162
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production_type
public_access_description
This figurine of Columbine 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. Columbina, as she was known in Italy, was the lady's maid who became known as Columbine in France and England. In her native country she had gone by other names including Franceschina, Smeraldina, Oliva, Nespola, Spinetta, Ricciolina, Corallina, Diamantina and Lisetta. Her relationship with Harlequin was the central romantic interest in Commedia plays, showing Columbine in love with the rascal Harlequin but always aware of his faults and attempting to change him. Columbine's costume was traditionally designed as a counterpart to Harlequin's, the material a patchwork of multi-coloured diamond shapes.
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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