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    Sale 7560

    Furniture and Carpets Including Two Private Collections

    24 January 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 120

    A PAIR OF NORTH ITALIAN PARCEL-GILT AND POLYCHROME-DECORATED FIGURAL GIRANDOLES

    PROBABLY VENICE, LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF NORTH ITALIAN PARCEL-GILT AND POLYCHROME-DECORATED FIGURAL GIRANDOLES
    PROBABLY VENICE, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    Each with a circular moulded back plate, decorated with scrolling foliage and issuing a bust-length figure of a masked clown and a liveried servant respectively, each holding in one hand a lobed torch, with moulded glass candle-branches hung with glass collars and flower heads
    19 in. (48 cm.) high; 17 in. (43 cm.) wide (2)


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    These two characters could possibly be from the Commedia dell'arte, a popular form of improvisational theatre that began in Italy in the 15th century and maintained its popularity through to the 18th century. However, their costumes do not specifically relate to any of the well-known cast of characters.

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