A rare Höchst figure of La Scaramouche from the Italian Comedy, circa 1752

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Lot 156
A rare Höchst figure of La Scaramouche from the Italian Comedy, circa 1752

£ 15,000 - 20,000
US$ 19,000 - 25,000
A rare Höchst figure of La Scaramouche from the Italian Comedy, circa 1752
Modelled by J.C.L. von Lücke, wearing a green hat with feathers, a purple-striped, short-sleeved jacket over a yellow bodice, white apron and green skirt, the gilt-edged, canted and flared rectangular base embellished in gilding, with a tree-stump support at the rear, 21cm high, wheel mark in iron-red to underside of base (minor damage and repair)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The Emma Budge Collection, Hamburg, sold by Hans W. Lange, Berlin, 27-29 September 1937, lots 856;
    Acquired in the above auction by the city of Mainz;
    Restituted to the heirs of Emma Budge in 2013

    Literature:
    Mainzer Zeitschrift 1939, p. 103, pl. X,4;
    Mittelrheinische Kunstwerke aus sechs Jahrhunderte, exhibition catalogue (1954), no. 35, ill. 24;
    K.H. Esser, Höchster Fayencen und Porzellane (1962), ill. 10;
    K.H. Esser/H. Reber, Höchster Fayencen und Porzellane (1964), p. 17, no. 18;
    R. Jansen (ed.), Commedia dell'Arte (2001), p.148, no. 146

    Exhibited:
    Mainz, Landesmuseum, 1937-2013, inv. nos. 38/38;
    Mainz, Landesmuseum, Mittelrheinische Kunstwerke aus sechs Jahrhunderten, 1954;
    Berlin, Charlottenburg Palace, Commedia dell'Arte Fest der Komödianten, 14 July-14 October 2001

    Probably based on the engraving of 'La Scaramouche', published by Johann Jacob Wolrab, Nuremberg, circa 1720 (illustrated in this catalogue). See footnote to following lot.
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