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2006ab9292 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 Harlequin, lead-glazed earthenware, Northern Italian, second half of the 19th century.
dimensions
Height: 20.0 cm, Width: 9.0 cm, Depth: 7.5 cm maximum of base, Height: 4.3 cm of base
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id
957
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T19:22:55.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T19:22:55.000Z
latitude
42.502998
location
In Storage
longitude
12.57341
marks
A star followed by 'G.B.'
materials
earthenware, lead glaze
materials_techniques
Lead-glazed earthenware
museum_number
S.25-1994
museum_number_token
s251994
object_number
O118269
object_type
Figurine
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physical_description
Glazed figurine of the Commedia dell'Arte character 'Harlequin'. He wears a black mask, belted tunic and trousers in yellow, tan and green triangular shapes, maroon shoes with gold buckles and a white hat with a green feather to the right side. He is leaning forward slightly with both hands on his hips. He 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
2006AB9292
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public_access_description
This figurine of Harlequin is one of a set representing 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. Harlequin was the young lover of Columbine whose original patched suit of various fabrics developed into the familiar outfit of multi-coloured diamond shapes. In Italy Arlecchino was a quick-witted but unscrupulous servant; in France he was a pretty simpleton, a languishing lover and a romantic magician, but in England he became the star of 18th century pantomime.
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3
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figurine-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
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title
updated
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year_end
1900
year_start
1850