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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MARIAN AND MICHAEL SABEE

A rare Meissen commedia dell'arte figure
the porcelain circa 1725, the decoration slightly later
Estimation
3 0004 000
Lot. Vendu 6,875 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MARIAN AND MICHAEL SABEE

A rare Meissen commedia dell'arte figure
the porcelain circa 1725, the decoration slightly later
Estimation
3 0004 000
Lot. Vendu 6,875 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A rare Meissen commedia dell'arte figure
the porcelain circa 1725, the decoration slightly later
modelled standing with his right leg forward on a stepped rectangular base. Right arm repaired, lower left arm and stick missing, prior to glazing and decoration.
height 6 7/8 in.
17.4 cm
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Provenance

Sold, Sotheby's, London, April 1, 1952, lot 22;
Sold, Sotheby's, London, May 23, 1967, lot 110;
Sold, Sotheby's, London, February 5, 1974, lot 101

Description

The identity of the figure, which has variously been given as Harlequin, Scaramouche or Beltrame, is suggested by Meredith Chilton, Harlequin Unmasked, p. 292, to be "most likely the Captain". Chilton illustrates an Augsburg-decorated example and references approximately eleven other known models, which include examples in the white, with Augsburg-type gilt decoration and with later enamel decoration.  One other example, offered at Christie's, London, June 28, 1982, lot 82, also has the lower left arm missing.

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