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    Sale 7554

    European Ceramics and Glass Including the Property of a Collector

    31 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 67

    A MEISSEN FIGURE OF A MASQUERADER, TRADITIONALLY KNOWN AS AVVOCATO OR THE LAWYER FROM THE COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE SERIES

    CIRCA 1740-45, FAINT PUCE TRIANGLE TO UNDERSIDE

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    A MEISSEN FIGURE OF A MASQUERADER, TRADITIONALLY KNOWN AS AVVOCATO OR THE LAWYER FROM THE COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE SERIES
    CIRCA 1740-45, FAINT PUCE TRIANGLE TO UNDERSIDE
    Modelled by J.J. Kändler, wearing a gilt-trimmed black tricorn hat, a black mask, a richly gilt-trimmed bauta or cape, a long flowing gilt-edged white domino with turquoise rosettes and long dogale sleeves, white gloves, yellow breeches and black gilt-buckled shoes, standing with his left hand on his hip, his head turned slightly to the left, holding a watch on a puce ribbon in his right hand, on a shaped oval mound base (restoration to right hand and ribbon, small restored chip to lowest tip of right sleeve and ribbon of hat, restored chip to hem of cloak at back, some rosettes with slight restoration, top of hat possibly lacquered, slight wear to gilding)
    6 3/16 in. (15.8 cm.) high


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    As Meredith Chilton points out, 'this character should probably be renamed "The Masquerader", as neither his costume nor his posture has anything to do with the legal profession, nor do they indicate an actor dressed as a lawyer. Rather, this costume was inspired by a popular disguise worn in Venice by both men and women particularly, but by no means exclusively, during Carnival...this costume was adopted all over Europe in the eighteenth century by participants in the popular masquerades'. See Chilton, Harlequin Unmasked Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, Catalogue (Singapore, 2001), pp. 58-61 for this discussion, and also illustrations of the Gardiner example, figs. 74 and 75.

    An example with very similar decoration (with the exception of a white mask), formerly in the Rosenfeld Collection, was sold by Christie's New York on 24th April 1984, lot 87. Three examples with coloured robes and white masks were sold in these Rooms on 22nd June 1992, lot 207; on 9th April 1979, lot 149, and on 25th June 1968, lot 29. Another similar figure, formerly in the Walker Collection and sold in these Rooms on 25th July 1945, lot 15, is now in the Irwin Untermyer Collection, no. 47a, and is illustrated by Yvonne Hackenbroch, Meissen and other Continental Porcelain, Faience and Enamel in the Irwin Untermyer Collection (London, 1956), pl. 41, fig. 47b.

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