The Minuet

Group of Masked Lovers Dancing Arm in Arm

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


Dimensions

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

Accession Number

2006.953

Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain with enamel and gilded decoration

Out on Loan

On display at Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, August 27, 2017 – December 31, 2017

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

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.

Provenance

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