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    Sale 7658

    Italian Ceramic Art 1400-1900

    22 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 5



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    Potted slightly off centre, decorated in ruby and gold lustre, the centre with a quartered coat of arms divided by crossed keys below a Papal tiara and within a raised roundel, the well with spirally-moulded gold-lustred fluting edged with shaded blue foliate motifs tied at the stems and fruiting ruby lustre berries, the narrow border with radiating gold-lustre triangles divided by stylised blue foliage and ruby-lustre berries, the underside with concentric gold lustre bands (broken through into seven sections and restuck, some filled associated losses re-touched, slight rim chip at 3 o'clock, rim with some minor flaking and fritting)
    12 3/8 in. (31.4 cm.) wide at the widest point

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    The arms are those of the Montefeltro Dukes of Urbino, and this stand must presumably have been made for Guidobaldo da Montefeltro, Duke Guidobaldo I of Urbino (Duke from 1482 to 1508), or someone very close to him. Guidobaldo married Elisabetta Gonzaga, but had no children, so in 1504 Guidobaldo's sister's son, Francesco Maria della Rovere, was adopted as their heir. The form of the Montefeltro arms shown here were in use from 1474, the year Guidobaldo's father, Federico III (1422-1482) was created Duke of Urbino by Pope Sixtus IV, until Guidobaldo's death in 1508.

    For a dish in the British Museum with the same arms, see Timothy Wilson, Ceramic Art of the Italian Renaissance (London, 1987), pp. 133-134, no. 204. For a plate in the Louvre with the same arms, see Jeanne Giacomotti, Catalogue des majoliques des musées nationaux (Paris, 1974), pp. 160-161, no. 526. For a later version of the della Rovere Ducal arms on an istoriato trilobed basin, see Elena Ivanova, Il secolo d'oro della maiolica, Ceramica italiana dei secoli XV-XVI dalla raccolta del Museo Statale dell'Ermitage (Milan, 2003), pp. 90-91.

    The reverse with black inventory number L MON C 70 9.
    The underside of this stand is illustrated at the end of the catalogue.

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