A rare antique Faience figurine of a Pierrot Clown. I believe the figure represents Enrico Caruso as Canio (the clown) in Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Opera Pagliacci. Italian tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) sang this for the first time in 1896. The figurine is made of earthenware with a faience glaze and has an impressed mark on the underside "RABADE". I am not familiar with the Company but would guess the origin to be French or Italian. The Pierrot is big and stands 14" high. He is in very good overall condition. The only thing to note is some glaze wear on the high points and edges which is common to the soft faience glaze, it mainly effects the back of his shirt, see closeup photos. There is a shallow nick on the bottom edge. The Pierrot would make an excellent addition to a European Art Pottery, Opera or faience related collection.
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