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  • Place of origin:

    Doccia (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750-55 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. W.A.J. Floersheim

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 24, shelf 5

Physical description

Figure in hard-paste porcelain from The Italian Comedy, painted with enamels and gilded. He stands with his right arm held forward and he wears a black mask and flat cap, full-skirted jacket, cloak and trousers. Square low base marked with brown and yellow.

Place of Origin

Doccia (made)


ca. 1750-55 (made)


Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded


Height: 9.8 cm

Descriptive line

Figure in hard-paste porcelain from The Italian Comedy, Doccia porcelain factory, near Florence, ca. 1750-55

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

32. Figure of Brighella
hard-paste porcelain painted in colours and gold
h 9,8 cm
under the base a line incised
inv. C.176-1931
gift: Mr W.A.J. Floersheim
This figure of Brighella, once attributed to the Cozzi factory by Morazzoni and by Lane, is actually part of the series of Commedia dell’ Arte characters made by the Ginori factory at Doccia during the First Period (1737-1757). Like the other Commedia characters, at Ginori the figure of Brighella was made in two sizes: a smaller size which corresponds to the measurements of the figure shown here, and a large size which was slightly over 20 cm tall. A list attached to the warehouse inventory in Livorno in 1757 mentions “a Brighella of the Commedia Italiana 9 soldi tall, not perfect” which would correspond to the height of the larger version. Like the other Commedia figures made at Doccia, Brighella is quite similar to an engraving by Martin Engelbrecht made around 1740 and to the Commedia figures being Executed at the Viennese porcelain factory between 1744 and 1749 (STURM-BEDNARCZYCK, SLADEK 2007, p. 180, cat. 284). For further historical information, see cat. 33.
A. d’A
Bibliography: MORAZZONI 1935, plate 79; LANE
1954, plate 25D

p. 59, Cat. 32
Frescobaldi Malenchini, Livia ed. With Balleri, Rita and Rucellai, Oliva, ‘Amici di Doccia Quaderni, Numero VII, 2013, The Victoria and Albert Museum Collection’, Edizioni Polistampa, Firenze, 2014

Labels and date

Figure from The Italian Comedy
ITALY (VENICE, COZZI); about 1770
Gift of Mr. W.A.J. Floersheim
(Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995) [ca. 1995]


Hard paste porcelain


Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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