A Capodimonte figural group, circa 1760
Lot 60
A Capodimonte group of a couple, circa 1755
£8,000 - 12,000
US$ 13,000 - 20,000
Auction Details
A Capodimonte figural group, circa 1760
Lot Details
A Capodimonte group of a couple, circa 1755
Modelled by Giuseppe Gricci, the gentleman holding the lady's hand and his tricorn behind his back, wearing a white jacket with iron-red cuffs and waistcoat and black breeches, the lady wearing a black hat, blouse decorated with purple flowers and striped dress, on a rockwork base applied with a flower, 16.7cm high, fleur-de-lys mark in blue (restored)


  • Caròla-Perrotti (Le porcellane dei Borbone di Napoli, 1986, p. 164ff.) mentions that based on the known terracotta bozzetti and the known porcelain examples of the Gricci groups, it is highly likely that there were several sizes of these groups of scene galanti. The bozzetti and porcelain examples also show that there were series or groups of figures that were conceived to be placed together. One of these groups is likely to have been the series of gallant figures in tender embraces, coppie di inammorati. All figures of this series find their iconographic origins in L'Embarquement pour Cythère and Les Plaisirs du Bal by Watteau. It is known that the engravings after these series by Tardieu and Scotin were kept at the Capodimonte factory. The closest related group of this series, albeit a bit larger, appears to be the group of Lovers in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1982.450.11). It is highly likely that this group was part of the same group of figures.
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