Pierrot Candlestick Figure

Price £48.00

Tax included. Free UK postage

Pierrot is a classic character of pantomime and commedia dell'arte whose origins are in the late seventeenth-century Italian troupe of players known as the Comédie-Italienne. His character in poetry, fiction, stage, screen and the visual arts is that of the sad clown, pining for love of Columbine, who breaks his heart and leaves him for Harlequin. The defining characteristic of Pierrot is his naïveté: he is seen as a fool, often the butt of pranks, yet nonetheless trusting.

In Britain, Pierrot's name first appears in in 1717 and until the end of the century, Pierrot appeared fairly regularly in English pantomimes, evolving into the Christmas pantomimes of today. Pierrot was largely displaced by the native English Clown, first performed by Joseph Grimaldi in his celebrated debut in the role in 1800.

Original candlestick figure developed from a range of historical sources. Handbuilt in terracotta, with hand coloured painted sprig decoration and spot gloss transparent glaze.

Height: 17cm
Base: 10cm