The Cravat, Capodimonte Porcelain Factory (Italian, 1740/43–1759), Soft-paste porcelain, Italian, Naples

The Cravat

Capodimonte Porcelain Factory (Italian, 1740/43–1759)
Model attributed to Giuseppe Gricci (Italian, ca. 1700–1770)
ca. 1750–55
Italian, Naples
Soft-paste porcelain
Overall (confirmed): H. 8 7/16 x W. 6 7/8 x D. 4 1/8 in. (21.4 x 17.5 x 10.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Douglas Dillon, 1983
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 508
The subject of this group is uncertain. When recorded in 1935, it was entitled Rosaura and the Doctor, thereby identifying it as a scene from an Italian Comedy play in which one of the heroines, or Innamorate, attends her father, the Doctor. (The Innamorate were assigned different names in different scenarios: Rosaura is mentioned by the Venetian writer Carlo Gozzi in his memoirs, published in 1797.) One of the four original masks, or central characters, of the commedia dell’arte, the Doctor is traditionally costumed in a short black cloak, a wide white neck ruff, and a flat-brimmed black hat, thus calling into question the identification here. What Is certain, however, is the quiet drama of the composition, in which the younger woman gently assists the older man in his dressing.

The group is otherwise unrecorded; this example is conspicuous among Capodimonte models for the discreet richness of the painting and gilding.
Inscription: Sticker on underside: V./C.5179

Marking: Unmarked
A. Laliccia, Naples (in 1935) ; [ sale, Private Collection, c/o Christie's Geneva , June 28, 1982, no. 33 ] ; Douglas Dillon (until 1983; to MMA)