The Minuet

Group of Masked Lovers Dancing Arm in Arm

about 1750
Made by Capodimonte Manufactory (Italian (near Naples)), Modeled by Giuseppe Gricci (Italian, born about 1700-died in 1770)


Height: 19.7 cm (7 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain with enamel and gilded decoration

Out on Loan

On display at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: Legion of Honor, February 10, 2018 – May 28, 2018





Arm in arm, a youth with brownish green mask, his waistcoat finely painted with scrolling flowers and his green breeches with star and quatrefoils in purple, and his companion with red and green hat, black mask, her white coat and apron edged in iron-red and her skirt with a trellis design in blue, ochre and purple, a flowerspry covering a firing crack in the rockwork base.


March 24, 1969, anonymous sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 166, to The Antique Porcelain Company, New York; March 27, 1969, sold by The Antique Porcelain Company to Edward M. Pflueger (b. 1905 - d. 1997) and Kiyi Powers Pflueger (b. 1915 - d. 2008), New York; 2006, bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 26, 2006)

Credit Line

Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection. Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger