Mezzetino toby jug - Emile Galle circa 1880

Mezzetino faience toby jug attributed to Emile Galle circa 1880. Mezzetino is a character from the commedia dell'arte and is considered to be a variant on the stock character Brighella. His name means "Half-Measure (of liquor)" in Medieval Italian and he is sometimes called in French and English plays "Mezzetin". Mezzetino is an adept schemer and trouble-maker willing to commit acts of violence if necessary but on the whole a little calmer than his brother Brighella. He is very musically inclined and can sing and dance with skill. He is also interested in the ladies often coming over as rather creepy in his efforts to flirt.

Maker:

Emile Galle

France

19th century France

Model #:

Faience

Height:

large

Size:

Mezzetino toby jug - Emile Galle circa 1880
Mezzetino toby jug - Emile Galle circa 1880
Mezzetino toby jug - Emile Galle circa 1880
Mezzetino toby jug - Emile Galle circa 1880
Mezzetino toby jug - Emile Galle circa 1880
Mezzetino toby jug - Emile Galle circa 1880
Mezzetino toby jug - Emile Galle circa 1880