A remarkable Venetian lampwork figure fragment and two other fragmentary figures, 17th century

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A remarkable Venetian lampwork figure fragment and two other fragmentary figures, 17th century

Sold for £ 24,375 (US$ 32,103) inc. premium
A remarkable Venetian lampwork figure fragment and two other fragmentary figures, 17th century
The upper part of a larger figure formed of coloured glass over a wire frame and clay core, the commedia dell' arte or masque figure perhaps representing il Capitano, in colourful costume decorated with ribbon bows, his bearded face in a distinctive lavender colour, 8.2cm high, together with two other smaller figure fragments of related type depicting a man in a ragged cape and a man with his head bandaged, 6.7cm and 6.1cm (3)

Footnotes

  • This incomplete figure is remarkably similar to the celebrated group in the Danish royal collection at Rosenborg, also made of lampwork over a wire frame and undoubtedly by the same maker or workshop as the present lot. The Rosenborg group, illustrated by Gudmund Boesen, Venetianske Glas pa Rosenborg (1960), p.15, depicts two commedia dell' arte figures playing a game of morra (a wager game involving their fingers). This group was bought by King Frederick IV in 1670 from the Danish painter Karel van Mander who had lived in Italy in 1636-38. In their catalogue of Glass in the Robert Lehman Collection (1993), Dwight Lanmon and David Whitehouse suggest this is from the same workshop as three single figures in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, said to have come from the gallery in Ambras, the castle of Archduke Ferdinand of Tyrol near Innsbruck.
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A remarkable Venetian lampwork figure fragment and two other fragmentary figures, 17th century
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