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Dancing Couple: C.44-1950

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)

Titles

Dancing Couple

Maker(s)

Factory: Capodimonte Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Gricci, Giuseppe, modeller

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Description

Soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels

Soft-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in blue, pale green, pale yellow, mauve, flesh pink, red, grey, and black enamels, and gilt. The unglazed underside has a small ventilation hole to right of centre near the back. The roughly rectangular low base is straight across the back and has a shaped edge at the front and sides, which are barely glazed, rough, and speckled. It rises up at the back into a rock with a tree stump growing out of it. The man and woman stand in front of it holding each other round the waist and looking towards each other. The man, on the viewer’s left, steps forward on his right leg with his left extended behind him, and his left arm bent at the elbow so that he can hold the girl’s left hand. She steps forward on her left leg, and holds up her apron with her right hand. He has grey hair tied in a queue with a gold bow, a white shirt, pale green jacket with gold edging, mauve breeches with gold bows at the knees and black shoes with gold bows. She has a blushing complexion and ringlets, and wears a green and yellow cap, a gold bow on her neck, a mauve bodice with a pale blue and gold stomacher, a white apron with a gold edge, a pale yellow skirt decorated with blue flowers at the intersections of a black trellis pattern, pale green stockings, black shoes with a gold flap at the top, and dark grey mittens with a gold motif on the back of her right hand.

Notes

History note: H.E. Backer, London, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Dr F.R. Cowper Reed Bequest Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.5 cm
Height: 8 1/16 in
Width: 13.8 cm
Width: 5 7/16 in

Place(s) associated

  • Capodimonte ⪼ Kingdom of the Two Sicilies ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1950-07-20) by Backer, H.E.

Dating

18th Century, Mid
Production date: circa AD 1750

School or Style

Rococo

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, pale green, pale yellow, mauve, flesh pink, red, grey, and black) gold

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, press-moulded, glazed, and painted overglaze in blue, pale green, pale yellow, mauve, flesh pink, red, grey, and black enamels, and gilt. The unglazed underside has a small ventilation hole to right of centre near the back
Glazing

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.44-1950
Primary reference Number: 140297
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 23 May 2017 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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