This alabaster Pierrot statue was produced by Goldscheider, an influential ceramic manufactory in Vienna who are best known terracotta, faience, and bronze objects. It came to us in a chipped, then poorly reassembled condition, having also accrued a large amount of dirt.
After soaking and cleaning, we dissembled the broken pieces and re-glued them with new adhesive. At the base, Pierrot had several large areas of loss, which we were able to mend with a sculpture, in-fill material known as Milliput. To match the color, new repaired areas to alabaster, we used oil pigments layered with varnish.
Pierrot was a stock pantomime character who can be recognized by his signature loose blouse with large buttons and his wide white pantaloons. Like his clothing, his personality is loose and free-flowing. His tradition in theater can be claimed by many countries: Italy, France, Germany, England, Spain, among others; each has naturalized him to a degree.