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    Sale 7658

    Italian Ceramic Art 1400-1900

    22 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 9


    CIRCA 1520

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    CIRCA 1520
    Decorated a candeliere with gold lustre, with a young woman in flowing classical robes holding a slender cornucopia, her hand supporting one end of a billowing ribbon inscribed · SOLA · MISERIA · CHARET · INVIDIA · IN · C OR · DOMINI · SVI ·, the border with scrolling foliage and two large cornucopiae of fruit, the tendrils suspending waisted tablets at each side, one inscribed PENSA, the other ELFIN, within a lustred band rim (losses to glaze over-painted at part of centre, slight scratches to surface at centre, losses to glaze at rim and edge of well, rim with some chipping)
    16¼ in. (41.3 cm.) diam.

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    The first part of the inscription which translates as 'only poverty is free from envy' is a phrase which was used frequently, the more usual spelling of 'charet' being 'caret', and it usually ended with 'invidia' (some citations refer it to the proverbs of Seneca). 'In cor domini sui' translates as 'in the heart of its master'.

    A charger in the Victoria and Albert Museum with a very similar central figure is illustrated by Bernard Rackham, Catalogue of Italian Maiolica (London, 1940), Vol. II, pl. 75, no. 482. The majority of dishes of this type show half-length portraits of women, rather than full-length figures.

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    Ole Olsens Collection, Denmark, according to the paper collection label attached to the reverse (it is not recorded by Hermann Schmitz, Ole Olsens Kunstsammlungen, Munich, 1927)
    Anon., sale Christie's London, 4th December 1985, lot 170.