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    Sale 7658

    Italian Ceramic Art 1400-1900

    22 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 125

    TWO CALTAGIRONE TWO-HANDLED BOTTLE-FLASKS

    FIRST HALF OF THE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    TWO CALTAGIRONE TWO-HANDLED BOTTLE-FLASKS
    FIRST HALF OF THE 19TH CENTURY
    The fronts moulded to resemble human heads, their features enriched in manganese and ochre, the first without ears, with closed eyes and smiling, the second with incised hair, eyebrows and open eyes, the necks applied with strap handles enriched in green (one with large hole to face and with long crack extending horizontally round body in both directions, other with chipping to nose, ears and rims)
    8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm.) and 8 5/16 in. (21.1 cm.) high (2)


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    For two bottles of similar type in the Museo Etnografico G. Pitrè, Palermo, see Antonio Ragona, La maiolica siciliana (Palermo, 1986), pl. 201, and for a Caltagirone two-handled jar modelled with a face dating from circa 1600, see pl. 11.

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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 467.