A PAIR OF ITALIAN MAIOLICA RENAISSANCE STYLE VASES
A PAIR OF ITALIAN MAIOLICA RENAISSANCE STYLE VASES

LATE 19TH CENTURY, FIRENZA, SIGNED J.(AFET) TORRELLI AND WITH UNDULATING MARK

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A PAIR OF ITALIAN MAIOLICA RENAISSANCE STYLE VASES
LATE 19TH CENTURY, FIRENZA, SIGNED J.(AFET) TORRELLI AND WITH UNDULATING MARK
Each of octofoil form, the tall flaring neck painted with vertical panels of dolphins and statues among scrollwork, the shoulder flanked by winged female warrior handles with shield terminals, the gadrooned body painted with portraits of six variant Italian artists, painters, writers and scientists, named below, including Galileo, Raffaello, Dante and Donatello, on an octagonal base
31½ in. (80 cm.) high (2)

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Jafet Torrelli is listed as showing ceramic works at the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880 and at the Paris Universelle Exposition of 1878. In C.B. Black's 1890 guide book on The Riviera, he notes that "In Torelli's factory are produced artistic imitations of medieval ware and cleverly modeled terra-cotta statuettes." Torrelli is also recorded as one of the leading painters at the Ginori factory until 1873, when he established his own workshop in Florence.

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