Carved Boxwood Maquette for a Harlequin Figure from the Commedia dell’Arte
Carved Boxwood Maquette for a Harlequin Figure from the Commedia dell’Arte
Carved Boxwood Maquette for a Harlequin Figure from the Commedia dell’Arte

Carved Boxwood Maquette for a Harlequin Figure from the Commedia dell’Arte

1700 to 1800 Germany

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A Fine Carved Boxwood Maquette for a Harlequin Figure from the Commedia dell’Arte
The female figure wearing a mask and her hair short, a hand to her breast, the other holding a hat, disguised as Harlequin
Most probably a model for an Italian comedy figure by Franz Anton Bustelli for the Nymphenburg porcelain factory
Circa 1755 – 1760

Size: 18cm high – 7 ins high
The origins of the Italian comedy and that of Harlequin are lost in the mist of time. However, actor / mime artists portraying these characters were travelling all over Europe in the 16th /17th and 18th centuries, and it is from these shows and performances that the English pantomime Punch and Judy originates.
Next to the great porcelain modellers Kaendler and Melchior of Meissen, Bustelli is one of the greatest porcelain artists of the 18th century. There is a graceful charm in his figures and especially in his many Italian comedians that can be seen in this boxwood maquette.
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