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Mezzetin from the Italian Comedy: C.815-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Mezzetin from the Italian Comedy


Factory: Unknown
Modeller: Reinicke, Peter (After)




White-salt-glazed stoneware painted in enamels

White salt-glazed stoneware painted in blue, green, pink, brown grey, and black enamels. The figure stands on a roughly oval base with a tree stump at the back, and a spray of green foliage at the front. Mezzetin stands on his left leg with his right leg extended behind him. His left hand hangs down and his right is extended towards the viewer. He wears a loose brown cap, a white frill round his neck, a blue jacket, brown breeches and black shoes. A bright pink cloak passes over his left shoulder and arm, and is wrapped around him.


History note: J.Henry Griffith Collection, 336 Hagley Road, Birmingham; Frank Stoner, London, from whom purchased on 5 October 1925 for £203

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, third quarter#
George II
Circa 1755 CE - 1760 CE


The Meissen prototype for this figure was modelled by Peter Reinicke after an engraving by François Joullain (1797-1778) in Luigi Riccoboni's 'Histoire du théâtre italien', I, Paris, 1728, pl. 13, 'Habit de Mezzetin'. It was one of a set of Italian Comedy characters made for Johann Adolph II, Duke of Weissenfels in 1743-44.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, pink, grey, and black)
Surface composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Press-moulded stoneware, salt-glazed, and painted in blue, green, pink, grey, and black enamels

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.815-1928
Primary reference Number: 76146
Old object number: 4831
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 15 June 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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