The Rabbit Catchers

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

Object Place: Italy


Height: 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

Not On View





A group of two figures catching rabbits; a kneeling man catching a rabbit by the neck and holding an empty bag in his left hand, a ferret disappearing into the burrow, his female companion standing over him holding their catch in her right hand, with blue hat, puce-flowered coat over pale lilac skirt, and jacket with colored flowers and pale yellow trousers on a grassy mound base.


1968, Ronald Dolleymore, Esq; March 25, 1968, Dolleymore and others sale, Christie's, London, lot 176, sold to W. Williams for $22,680. Ernesto F. Blohm (b. 1903 - d. 1970); April 10, 1989, posthumous Blohm sale, Christie's, London, lot 87, sold 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