Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Commedia dell'Arte Pipe

This person is supposedly Pierrot, a stock character of pantomime and Commedia dell'Arte whose origins are in the late 17th-century Italian troupe of players performing in Paris and known as the Comédie-Italienne.

Claude Gillot (1673–1722), Four Commedia dell’Arte Figures: Three Gentlemen and Pierrot, c.1715

The name is a hypocorism of Pierre (Peter) the clown, typically depicted as a male character with a whitened face, white costume, and pointed hat. It is difficult to determine with a degree of certitude that this is Pierrot, because he is wearing a mask. 

Courtesy of a Private Collector
And if it's not Pierrot, it might not matter one whit, because it is a handsomely crafted full figural of a clown. This pipe measures 5" h., and 11" l.

Courtesy of a Private Collector

But again, could it be Arlequin?

Courtesy of a Private Collector

You tell us...

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