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    Sale 7545

    A Town House in Mayfair

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 563

    AN ITALIAN ROSSO ANTICO AND VERDE ANTICO MARBLE TAZZA

    CIRCA 1840, PROBABLY FROM THE WORKSHOPS OF BENEDETTO BOSCHETTI

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN ROSSO ANTICO AND VERDE ANTICO MARBLE TAZZA
    CIRCA 1840, PROBABLY FROM THE WORKSHOPS OF BENEDETTO BOSCHETTI
    The interior of the dish fluted, with bacchic masks to each end
    10 in. (25.5 cm.) high; 9½ in. (24.5 cm.) wide


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    In the early 19th Century Benedetto Boschetti fed the growing demand for high quality works of art with an antique theme created by an influx of grand tourists, many of whom were English. Little is known about his life, but he is known to have worked out of his workshops in the centre of Rome where he produced a large number of classically inspired objects ranging from bronzes to tabletops and mosaics. Active circa 1820-1870, the Boschetti workshop exhibited at the Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1851. The workshop was renowned for the exceptional quality of its copies after the 'Antique', mainly in marble and bronze: for example a marmo rosso antico reduction of the Warwick Vase, currently in the Toledo Museum, Ohio (see A. Gonzalez-Palacios, Il Tempio del Gusto, Roma e il Regno delle Due Sicilie, 1984, vol. II, fig. 286). F.S. Bonfigli noted in 1856 that 'The establishment is particularly conspicuous for its great variety of marble works, bronzes etc' (A. Gonzlez-Palacios, The Art of Mosaics, 1982, p.166).

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Christopher Hodsoll, London.