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    Sale 7445

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 91

    A NAPLES (REALE FABBRICA FERDINANDEA) WHITE BISCUIT GROUP OF THE EDUCATION OF ACHILLES

    CIRCA 1785-90

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    A NAPLES (REALE FABBRICA FERDINANDEA) WHITE BISCUIT GROUP OF THE EDUCATION OF ACHILLES
    CIRCA 1785-90
    Modelled by Filippo Tagliolini, with the young Achilles holding a lyre at his side, the centaur Chiron instructing him, his left hand on Achilles's shoulder, a lion's pelt around his shoulders, on an oval rockwork mound base (upper section of lyre with repairs and losses, Achilles's right thumb and index finger restored, small chip to fig leaf, Chiron's tail and rear hoof, dirt-filled firing cracks to surface)
    11¾ in. (30 cm.) high


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    Tagliolini's group closely follows the Roman wall painting in the Basilica which had been uncovered in the excavations at Herculaneum. Rocco Pozzi's engraving of the wall painting was published in Le Antichità di Ercolano (Napoli, Stamperia Reale, 1757), Vol. I, pl. 8.

    Another example in the Museo e Gallerie Nazionali di Capodimonte, Naples, is illustrated by Angela Caròla-Perrotti, 'Le Porcellane dei Borbone di Napoli' Exhibition Catalogue (Naples, 1986), p. 434, no. 364; another in the Museo Duca di Martina, Naples, is illustrated by Alvar González-Palacios, Lo Scultore Filippo Tagliolini e la Porcellana di Napoli (Turin, 1988), no. 18; and the example in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, is illustrated by Andreina d'Agliano, 'Le Porcellane Italiane A Palazzo Pitti' Catalogue (Florence, 1986), no. 146.

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