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    Sale 7658

    Italian Ceramic Art 1400-1900

    22 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 106

    A PAIR OF DATED NAPLES OR CASTELLI ALBARELLI FROM THE MONASTERY OF SAN MARTINO

    1700

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF DATED NAPLES OR CASTELLI ALBARELLI FROM THE MONASTERY OF SAN MARTINO
    1700
    Of narrow waisted form, each painted with St. Martin on horseback giving his cloak to a man on crutches, named below for SYR·.DE· OXIZACO and FLOR:MYRCILL:, the reverse with the crowned monastery cipher and date 1700 (lower part of one broken off and repaired, other with section of rim lacking)
    10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm.) and 10½ in. (26.7 cm.) high (2)


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    These albarelli are part of a service of drug-jars and albarelli supplied to the Carthusian monastery of San Martino in Naples. Pieces from the service bear dates from 1697 onwards. For a drug-bottle from the same monastery, see Rudolf Drey, Apothecary Jars (London, 1978), pp. 76-77, where he suggests that the set probably came from Carlo Antonio Grue's workshop. Drey describes oxysacchara oxysaccharum as a 'product obtained by evaporating a mixture of sugar and vinegar, sometimes with the addition of pomegranate juice, to a syrupy consistency'.

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    Provenance

    Sir Henry d'Avigdor-Goldsmid, Bt., DSO, MC, TD, Somerhill, Kent
    By descent to Lady d'Avigdor-Goldsmid and Mr and Mrs James Teacher, sale Sotheby's 24th June 1981, lot 433.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN