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    Sale 7658

    Italian Ceramic Art 1400-1900

    22 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 15

    AN URBINO ISTORIATO TWO-HANDLED CIRCULAR CISTERN OR RINFRESCATOIO

    CIRCA 1550-60, WORKSHOP OF ORAZIO FONTANA, INVENTORY X20635 IN FADED BLACK ENAMEL, TWO REMNANTS OF SEALS TO UNDERSIDE

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    AN URBINO ISTORIATO TWO-HANDLED CIRCULAR CISTERN OR RINFRESCATOIO
    CIRCA 1550-60, WORKSHOP OF ORAZIO FONTANA, INVENTORY X20635 IN FADED BLACK ENAMEL, TWO REMNANTS OF SEALS TO UNDERSIDE
    Of gadrooned campana form with ribbed loop handles with bifurcated fish tail terminals, supported by a spreading circular foot, the interior painted with Neptune and tritons racing hippocampi, among figures riding dolphins and shells and partly submerged figures, before buildings and mountains on a distant shore below dark clouds, the exterior with a continuous wooded landscape frieze before mountains, the rim, stem and footrim painted to simulate beading and gadrooning (broken to two sections between 10 and 4 o'clock, repaired and over-painted, and with an associated crack, crack to rim at 1 o'clock, another smaller section of rim between 7 and 9 o'clock broken and repaired, some small areas of flaking and over-painting to exterior, glaze flakes to handles, faint star crack to underside)
    19¼ in. (49 cm.) wide (including handles); the rim 16¼ in. (41.2 cm.) diam., 10½ in. (26.6 cm.) high


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    The underside with two red sealing-wax collection marks bearing the arms of a Cardinal (see the details illustrated at the end of the catalogue), and with remnants of a black enamel X20635 inventory number.

    For a cistern with marine decoration of similar type but of different form, see Elena Ivanova, Il secolo d'oro della maiolica, Ceramica italiana dei secoli XV-XVI dalla raccolta del Museo Statale dell'Ermitage (Milan, 2003), p. 89, no. 62 and Julia E. Poole, Italian maiolica and incised slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambridge, 1995), pp. 374-375, no. 410. Most cisterns appear to have marine decoration perhaps due to their use as receptacles for holding water.

    The triton in the centre is appears to be taken from the Quos Ego engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi after Raphael, illustrated on the previous page.

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