The Doctor and Isabella

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


Height: 14.6 cm (5 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

On View

Ann and Graham Gund Gallery (Gallery LG31)





An Italian Comedy group of the Doctor and Isabella, the girl in gilt-lined conical hat, producing a snake from her apron and menacing her companion, her coat edged with finely painted floral scrolls and her skirt with a trellis pattern in purple, green and gold; the Doctor seated on rockwork leaning back in fright, his left foot and arm raised, in wide hat, gilt ruff and with black edge to his white robes.


March 24, 1969, anonymous sale, Christie's, London, lot 167, sold 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. 2006), New York; 2002, bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 26, 2002)

Credit Line

Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection. Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger, William Francis Warden Fund, and John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund