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    Sale 7658

    Italian Ceramic Art 1400-1900

    22 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 127

    AN ITALIAN MAIOLICA DISH

    CIRCA 1900, MANGANESE F WITHIN A STAR MARK

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    AN ITALIAN MAIOLICA DISH
    CIRCA 1900, MANGANESE F WITHIN A STAR MARK
    The central medallion finely painted by A. Farini with 'Leda and the Swan' beside a lake in a wooded landscape, within a beeded roundel against a ground richly decorated with grotteschi including satyrs, harpies, fabulous beasts, dolphins, tablets and simulated Antique cameos with bust-length portraits of three men and one woman in profile, two of the men helmeted warriors, within an ochre band rim (slight flaking to enamels and ochre rim)
    15 7/8 in. (40.7 cm.) diam.


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    Farini is probably best known for his association with the seminal studio potter William De Morgan. For a dish in the Victoria & Albert Museum made for De Morgan in 1890 and painted by Farini (also signed with his monogram within a Star of David), see William Gaunt and M.D.E. Clayton-Stamm, William De Morgan (London, 1971), p. 126, pls. 120-1.

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