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    Sale 7658

    Italian Ceramic Art 1400-1900

    22 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 38

    AN URBINO ARMORIAL BOWL AND COVER

    CIRCA 1590-1600, PROBABLY PATANAZZI WORKSHOP

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN URBINO ARMORIAL BOWL AND COVER
    CIRCA 1590-1600, PROBABLY PATANAZZI WORKSHOP
    The grotteschi ground reserved at the front with a panel enclosing an escutcheon with a coat-of-arms surmounted by a helmet, on a spreading circular foot, the interior with a similar escutcheon below further grotteschi, the border of the shallow-domed cover reserved with a similar escutcheon, the central moulded circular rib enclosing a further escutcheon, with yellow and ochre ropetwist band borders (cover with large chip to flange and long associated crack)
    5 13/16 in. (14.8 cm.) high; the cover 7 1/8 in. (18 cm.) diam.


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    This bowl was probably part of an 'accouchement' set, used to serve broths to women after childbirth; see Wendy M. Watson, Italian Renaissance Ceramics, The Howard I. and Janet H. Stein Collection and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, 1001), pp. 138-140, for an example with scenes of childbirth, but of related form. An armorial cover of similar form in the Victoria and Albert Museum is illustrated by Bernard Rackham, Catalogue of Italian Maiolica (London, 1940), Vol. II, pl. 168, no. 1053, which Rackham describes as 'the tagliere from an accouchement set, forming also the lid of a bowl'.
    A detail of the cover is illustrated at the end of the catalogue.

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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 487.