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Mezzetin

Manufacturer: Mennecy Porcelain Manufactory

Date: c.1755-1760
Dimensions:
Overall: 21.5 x 9.3 cm (8 7/16 x 3 11/16 in.)
Medium: Soft-paste porcelain with overglaze enamels, gilding
Credit Line: Purchased with funds raised by the Twelve Trees of Christmas and donations from eight anonymous contributors
Origin:France, Île-de-France, Mennecy
Object number: G93.3.1
DescriptionFigure of Mezzetino, the servant and friend of Harlequin in the Italian Comedy. Mezzetino stands on a rectangular base with his weight on his back right leg, leaning towards the left. His hands are hidden in his short, striped cloak, which matches his hat. He wears a ruffled shirt and a white waistcoat, with many tiny buttons reaching his collar. His loose britches are tied at the knee with yellow garters and ribbons. Puce shoes are also tied with yellow ribbons. The overall colour scheme is of very pale green, yellow and a rose-puce. Decoration has been painted with an exceptionally light hand, giving a feeling of delicacy and grace. Mezzetino's pose is reminiscent of a dancer, listening to music.