• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 2

    AN URBINO ISTORIATO ALZATA

    CIRCA 1530-40, POSSIBLY WORKSHOP OF NICOLA DA URBINO

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    AN URBINO ISTORIATO ALZATA
    CIRCA 1530-40, POSSIBLY WORKSHOP OF NICOLA DA URBINO
    Painted with Phaeton in the Chariot of the Sun drawn by four spirited horses, holding a flaming torch, reserved on a yellow sky within a band of clouds, a River God, perhaps Eridamus reclining below before the River Po, holding a cornucopia of fruit, a woman beside him, before buildings in river landscape, within a manganese line and ochre band rim, inscribed de feronte ful minato to the base (restoration to footrim and small restored chips to rim, spreading hairline cracking between 1 and 4 o'clock)
    10 3/8 in. (26.3 cm.) diam.


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    The graphic source of the design for the present dish is the engraving of Phaeton by Agostino Veneziano, perhaps after Raphael. For a dish painted with the same subject see Julia E. Poole, Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge (Cambridge, 1995), no. 408, pp. 371-372.

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