A Nymphenburg Commedia dell'Arte figure of Mezzetin dressed as a Harlequin, circa 1760-65

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Lot 105
A Nymphenburg Commedia dell'Arte figure of Mezzetin dressed as a Harlequin, circa 1760-65

Sold for £ 37,562 (US$ 49,162) inc. premium
A Nymphenburg Commedia dell'Arte figure of Mezzetin dressed as a Harlequin, circa 1760-65
Modelled by Franz Anton Bustelli, holding a monkey wrapped up like a baby, wearing a hat with iron-red zig-zag pattern, a black mask and a Harlequin suit in shades of black, red and yellow, on a gilt-edged scroll-moulded base, 19.5cm high, impressed shield mark to reverse of base (some chips)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    UK Private Collection, by the 1930s;
    Thence by descent

    For a discussion of the eight pairs of figures from the Italian Comedy modelled by Franz Anton Bustelli in 1759-70, see K. Hantschmann, Italienische Komödie, in K. Hantschmann/A. Ziffer, Franz Anton Bustelli (2005), 254-263. This figure of Mezzetin dressed as Harlequin is paired with Lalage, who holds a bowl and a spoon, ready to feed the 'infant' in Mezzetin's arms. See Hantschmann/Ziffer, no. 151, for the example of this figure in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, along with other examples recorded in the literature and now mostly in museum collections.
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A Nymphenburg Commedia dell'Arte figure of Mezzetin dressed as a Harlequin, circa 1760-65
A Nymphenburg Commedia dell'Arte figure of Mezzetin dressed as a Harlequin, circa 1760-65
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