Commedia dell’arte bronze pin cushion in the form of a man in jest with revolving head and bicorn hat, fitted upon a rectangular portoro marble base. The man leaning back with one arm in the air pointing upwards and one leg also in the air. Modelled with the pin cushion through the centre of the figures chest with cushioning on both sides. The pin cushion probably modelled as Pulcinella.
Lot Notes: Commedia dell’arte (meaning “comedy of the profession) was an early form of professional theatre, originating from Italy, that was popular in Europe from the 16th to the 18th century. The character Pulcinella is a classical character that originated in the 17th century and became a stock character in Neapolitan puppetry. He is described as “the voice of the people and the direct expression of people.”
Condition: Very good, minor blemishing/markings. Small fretting and chipping to the marble base.
Measurements: 17cm H x 7.5cm W x 10.5cm D, Figure 15.5cm H