• 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 4

    AN URBINO MAIOLICA ISTORIATIO DISH

    MID 16TH CENTURY, TITLED TO REVERSE, FAINT INK INSCRIPTION AND A· MARK

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    AN URBINO MAIOLICA ISTORIATIO DISH
    MID 16TH CENTURY, TITLED TO REVERSE, FAINT INK INSCRIPTION AND A· MARK
    Painted with the musical contest between Apollo and Marsyas, the laurel-crowned Apollo on the left with his viol, Marsyas seated with bagpipes in the centre, another crowned figure between them, possibly depicting King Midas, Marsyas depicted again bound to a tree on the right, before a rocky outcrop and distant buildings on the banks of a river, ochre band rim, the reverse inscribed Apolle & Marsia in blue script (cracked across and extensively restored and sprayed, restuck rim chip between 3 and 4 o'clock)
    10 in. (25.4 cm.) diam.


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    A dish decorated with Apollo and Marsyas is in the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig, see Johanna Lessmann, Italienische Majolika (Braunschweig, 1979), p. 193, no. 178; another sold in these Rooms, 13th March 1989, lot 279.

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