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    Sale 7731

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    2 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 13

    A PAIR OF CASTEL DURANTE MAIOLICA GLOBULAR APOTHECARY BOTTLES

    1579 AND CIRCA 1580

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF CASTEL DURANTE MAIOLICA GLOBULAR APOTHECARY BOTTLES
    1579 AND CIRCA 1580
    Each painted with Venus riding a dolphin while holding a billowing sail, one named for ·A·D·PORTVLAC· and dated 1579, the other ·A·D·LANBRV· and SPQR on a banner, the dark-blue ground with sgraffito scrolls decorated with ochre and blue trophies and scrolls within ochre line rims (slight rim chipping, the first broken through and restuck with associated losses, the second with neck restuck, chipping to footrim, crack to body and short hairline crack to rim)
    8¼ in. (21 cm.) high (2)


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    A pair of albarelli from the same series formerly in the Sackler Collection were sold by Christie's New York on 6 October 1993, lot 44. For a discussion of the examples in the Louvre see Jeanne Giacomotti, Catalogue des majoliques des musées nationaux (Paris, 1974), nos. 979-992.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A COLLECTOR