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A Closter Veilsdorf Figure from The Commedia Dell'arte

$ 1,850
  • Description
    A Closter Veilsdorf figure from The Commedia Dell'arte, modelled by Wenzel Neu
    1764 -5

    The factory at Closter Veilsdorf was established by the younger brother of the Duke of Sachsen Hildburghausen a few miles from the court theatre. It was the only porcelain factory in the principality.
    Wenzel Neu was modelmeister at the factory from 1763-67. The figures from the commedia dell’arte are believed to be amongst his earliest creations. The series of ten figures are taken from a set of twelve drawings by Johann Jacob Schübler which had been engraved by Johann Balthasar Probst and published in Augsburg in 1729.

    It is strikingly close to a model listed as by J.J.Kandler "likely one of the Innamorat" . See Istdibs listing below.

    Condition - At some time in its history, this piece appears to have been dropped. Extensive discoloured restoration but mostly original body . Small flakes missing from surface of tree base. Tip of slapstick missing.
  • More Information
    Origin: Germany
    Period: 18th Century
    Materials: Porcelain
    Condition: Fair. Extensive older restoration, tip of slapstick missing.
    Creation Date: 1765
    Styles / Movements: Rococo, Baroque
    Book References: By Curator, Meredith Chilton. https://www.amazon.com/Harlequin-Unmasked-Commedia-Porcelain-Sculpture/dp/0300090099
    Catalog References: https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/sculptures/18th-century-meissen-commedia-dellarte-porcelain-figurine-j-j-kandler/id-f_1212142/
    News references: https://www.artsy.net/artwork/johann-jacob-schubler-mezzetin-paints-a-portrait-of-cupid-by-cutting-the-canvas-to-reveal-harlequin
    Dealer Reference #: IC71
    Incollect Reference #: 185552
  • Dimensions
    W. 2.17 in; H. 5.51 in;
    W. 5.5 cm; H. 14 cm;
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