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    Figure; hard-paste porcelain; glazed; dancing faun; nude youth with tail, working clapper with right foot; right arm raised to shoulder level; holds cymbal in each hand; attached to wooden plinth, with right foot resting on wooden platform.

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    • 1750 (circa)
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    • Height: 27 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    See G. Liverani, 'Il Museo delle Porcellane di Doccia', 1967, Tav. XXXIII for another, and Detroit Institute of Arts, USA. Based on late Hellenistic marble in Uffizi, Florence, in central octagon of the Tribuna since at least 1688, illus. F. Haskell and N. Penny, 'Taste and the Antique', New Haven and London, 1988, no. 34, fig. 106. For a figure in the Museo Civico, Turin, h. 126cm, dated to 1737-57, see Silvana Pettenati and Giovanni Romano, 'Il Tesoro della Citta', Palazzina du Cacci di Stupinigi, Turin, 31 March-8 Sept. 1996, no. 253, p. 118; this cat. entry mentions a smaller fig. h. 26cm in Sesto Fiorentino, Florence, dated to1750 (illus Liverani 1967, tav. XXXIII).


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    • Dawson 2009a p. 17, fig. 5; pp. 18-19 bibliographic details
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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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