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    Sale 7658

    Italian Ceramic Art 1400-1900

    22 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 30

    A MONTELUPO ISTORIATO CIRCULAR DISH

    SECOND HALF OF THE 16TH CENTURY, BLUE S MARK

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    A MONTELUPO ISTORIATO CIRCULAR DISH
    SECOND HALF OF THE 16TH CENTURY, BLUE S MARK
    Painted with the Biblical scene of quail showering down from heaven, Moses and Aaron standing to the right, Moses with rays of light coming from his head, holding a rod and gesticulating towards the Isrealites in a tented encampment, two figures cooking quail on a spit to the left and with figures feasting under a canopy to the right, all among trees in a mountainous landscape, within a yellow and ochre line rim, the underside with blue lines and dashes (minor rim chips and glaze flaking, slight scratching to surface)
    16 in. (40.6 cm.) diam.


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    Gabriele Simeoni's engravings in Figure del la Biblia, printed in Lyon by Guillaume de Rouille in 1564 (and again in 1577) appears to have been used as a source for painters at both Montelupo and Urbino, and it is probable that it could be the source for this dish. For a Montelupo dish decorated with a scene derived from this source, see C.R. Guidotti, La Donazione Angiolo Fanfani ceramiche da Medioevo al XX secolo (Faenze, 1990), p. 81, no. 45. A Montelupo dish with decoration derived from the same source was sold in these Rooms on 11th October 1993, lot 123, and for an Urbino dish (now lost) decorated with the same subject, see Johanna Lessmann, Italienische Majolika Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Brunswick, Catalogue (Brunswick, 1979), p. 570, no. XVII. For an Urbino dish with a related scene of the Israelites in an encampment with very similar tents to the present lot, see Joan Prentice von Erdberg and Marvin Ross, Catalogue of the Italian Majolica in the Walters Art Gallery (Portland, 1952), pl. 41, no. 63. For a Lyon dish with a related scene illustrated alongside a French print source (showing the quail showering down, from Bernard Salomon's Quadrins historiques de la Bible, Lyon 1553), see Pierre Ennès, 'Deux plats de majolique française au Musée du Louvre' in Timothy Wilson (ed.), Italian Renaissance Pottery (London, 1991), p. 250.

    The underside of this dish is illustrated at the end of the catalogue.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY