Rare 19th Century plaster mask believed to depict Puck from Shakespeare's Midsummer Nights Dream - not obviously signed, but believed to be from D Brucciani & Co, London. Numbered in the same manner as the other Brucciani plaster masks that we have in stock (45). This piece appears to have been defaced slightly with some paint, but could be cleaned up. It has been mounted for display, and is numbered underneath.
Domenico Brucciani was born in Lucca, Italy in 1815. He moved to London where he established a Gallery of Casts in Covent Garden by 1837. Brucciani’s firm, which was one of the most successful, developed links with both the British Museum and the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria & Albert Museum). Both institutions assembled important collection of casts of sculpture and architecture during this period. Brucciani died in 1880, but the business continued until 1920 when the workshops were acquired by the V&A Museum.
Measures: 40cm tall x 17cm wide x 17cm deep (including stand)