The name Cantagalli has been associated with Florentine pottery since the Renaissance. Ulisse Cantagalli inherited the works in 1878 and, with his brother Romeo, established an art pottery making pieces in the Renaissance revival style. The present vase embodies the influence of revivalists such as the Pre-Raphaelite potter William De Morgan. De Morgan regularly wintered in Florence in the late 19th century and often used Italian artists (see footnote lot 127 in this sale), and was clearly influenced by his surroundings. His association with the factory is loose; even though at one point he mooted a partnership with Cantagalli to bail out his ailing Fulham works, he only commissioned a few pieces after the death of Cantagalli in 1901. However, his admiration for the work of their wares is clear from his paper delivered to The Royal Society of Arts on 31st May 1892, in which he praised the Florentine potter's lustre stating 'The best I have even seen are those at Cantagalli, at Florence'.