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Title: Harlequin "Jester" Sculpture, any thoughts?
Post by: svazzo on August 04, 2005, 08:01:11 AM
Hello Everyone!
I had bought this pieces a bit back, and I bought it wthout knowing anything about it. I dont usually buy figures but took a chance on this one. Thought some of you might have a better idea of what I have. Im stumped by it, as I havent seen a reference for it before.

(http://www.svazzo.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/Harlequine.jpg)

It has silver and gold flecks, a very hevy and solidd gold pedestal, little black tassels on his knees, and what looks like a big club on his wais. It also has a mask as you can see, and has a red nose or tongue on his face.
Any thoughts would be greatly apperciated!
Javier
Title: Re: Court Jester Sculpture, any thoughts?
Post by: Leni on August 04, 2005, 09:07:06 AM
Quote from: "svazzo"
Any thoughts would be greatly apperciated!
Javier

I think he's cute!  :lol:

Leni  :wink:
Title: Harlequin "Jester" Sculpture, any thoughts?
Post by: David E on August 04, 2005, 02:34:20 PM
Javier, I think Harlequin is perhaps a better description? Can't help you with the sculpture though. Certainly unusual.
Title: Harlequin "Jester" Sculpture, any thoughts?
Post by: Max on August 04, 2005, 03:42:41 PM
:idea:   Is it too obvious to say he's a Venetian, ready for a masked ball?
Title: Harlequin "Jester" Sculpture, any thoughts?
Post by: David E on August 04, 2005, 03:46:44 PM
Quote from: "Max"
:idea:   Is it too obvious to say he's a Venetian, ready for a masked ball?


Ah, the Venetians do have an annual event where they wear masks, I believe. Alex should be able to confirm what the annual celebration is.
Title: Harlequin "Jester" Sculpture, any thoughts?
Post by: Leni on August 04, 2005, 04:12:23 PM
Quote from: "DenCill"
Quote from: "Max"
:idea:   Is it too obvious to say he's a Venetian, ready for a masked ball?


Ah, the Venetians do have an annual event where they wear masks, I believe. Alex should be able to confirm what the annual celebration is.

It's Carnival!  It takes place in February each year!   :D

For some pics of this years, see http://www.muranopaperweights.co.uk/venice_carnival.html

And of course Javier's figure is a Harlequin (or Pierot) from the Comedia del Arte!  :D  I should have realised!  

Oooooh!  I Just *Love* Venice!  :D   :oops: :roll:

Leni
Title: Harlequin "Jester" Sculpture, any thoughts?
Post by: Max on August 04, 2005, 05:09:55 PM
I just had a look around Google for possibilities, and found myself on a Venetian carnival site - apparently you have to wear 'Kinky' costumes...

Sounds like fun!  Now, where's my latex suit?   :shock:
Title: Harlequin "Jester" Sculpture, any thoughts?
Post by: svazzo on August 04, 2005, 05:29:37 PM
Hi Leni!
Excellent photos of the Carnival!...

Hey Max!
Wooooow, latex suit?  :shock:
Well, thats an interesting turn of events, LOL.

Javier
Title: jester
Post by: chuggy on August 04, 2005, 06:39:30 PM
Hi Javier
Looks a bit like a Bianconi creation in the body, but can't find any of his with a similar base.
If it's carnival time, I'll dig out the gas mask and jack boots, or maybe the diving suit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Paul
Title: Harlequin "Jester" Sculpture, any thoughts?
Post by: Max on August 04, 2005, 08:13:00 PM
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Paul said: If it's carnival time, I'll dig out the gas mask and jack boots, or maybe the diving suit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Did I say latex?  I meant LUREX.  Still, nice to see who the kinky people are.   :wink:  :lol:
Title: Harlequin "Jester" Sculpture, any thoughts?
Post by: Connie on August 04, 2005, 09:29:26 PM
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Did I say latex? I meant LUREX. Still, nice to see who the kinky people are. Wink


 :lol:

Having attended many Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans I didn't even pay attention to your remark.  Latex would be a tame costume at Mardi Gras  :D
Title: Harlequin "Jester" Sculpture, any thoughts?
Post by: Max on August 04, 2005, 10:22:59 PM
Connie said:
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Having attended many Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans I didn't even pay attention to your remark. Latex would be a tame costume at Mardi Gras


Oooooh I would so love to go to Mardis Gras!  I really would.  I might have to work on my derriere before attempting a costume though.  :roll:

I'd love to visit the deep South.  I must go one day.   :D
Title: Re: jester
Post by: svazzo on August 09, 2005, 07:06:48 AM
Quote from: "chuggy"
Hi Javier
Looks a bit like a Bianconi creation in the body, but can't find any of his with a similar base......
Paul


Hi Paul,
I know, the base just doesnt look like Bianconi to me. All the "Harlequin (or Pierot)," thanks Leni, have rather simple bases. In looking at it more and more, the piece looks to me like a Barovier piece. I went through some auction catalogues I have and its eyes look like the Barovier "Cordonato" woman figure on the catalogue.
Also, I have another Barovier piece (a Vase) with a similar, large gold pedestal on it. Saying that, I havent seen Barovier pieces be so colorful before. Maybe its a side of Barovier and Toso, or Ercole Barovier himself that has been hidden from many before, lol.
Javier
Title: Harlequin "Jester" Sculpture, any thoughts?
Post by: RAY on August 09, 2005, 08:57:16 AM
when anyone says Mardi Gras i always think of Easy Rider with Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda
Title: jester
Post by: chuggy on August 12, 2005, 09:00:33 PM
Hi Javier

Just been going through some old stuff in one of my files on Flavio Poli and found reference to a series of brightly coloured figures from a masked ball that were blown by Seguso in the late 1930's, no pictures I'm afraid, but just a thought!
Paul
Title: Harlequin "Jester" Sculpture, any thoughts?
Post by: svazzo on August 13, 2005, 09:32:24 PM
Hi Paul,
Thank you so much for that reference. Do you know where it came from? Was it an article somewhere? Because of the base I do think it is an older piece. It would be great to find a photo of the Seguso pieces you mention.... I tried doing a search for Seguso and Poli, but nothing like it popped up. Usually just the Ebay auctions going on now.
Maybe I'll gt lucky and they are in some of the new auction catalogues I bought this week.
Javier
Title: jester
Post by: chuggy on August 17, 2005, 05:43:43 PM
Hi Javier

Just to back up earlier thoughts I spotted this on e-bay, the base might be the clue with yours.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Rare-Flavio-Poli-Figurine-for-Seguso-not-Venini_W0QQitemZ7344183776QQcategoryZ994QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Paul