A Meissen Commedia Dell'arte Figure of Il Capitano Spavento
A Meissen Commedia Dell'arte figure of Il Capitano Spavento, c. 1744, modelled by J.J. Kändler and P. Reinicke, wearing a white jacket over a blue waistcoat with yellow breeches, standing by a tree-stump, on a base with applied flowers, from the Duke of Weissenfels Series, with blue crossed sword mark to back of base, .
height: 5 1/2in., 14cm; 746
Il Capitano, a braggart soldier, was usually depicted as being of Spanish or Southern Italian origin. In the 18th century his role in the plays and scenarios came to be replaced by that of Scaramouche. See; Birte Abraham, Commedia dell'Arte, The Patricia & Rodes Hart Collection of European Porcelain and Faience, Amsterdam, 2010, pp. 68-69.