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A SIENA (TERCHI) MAIOLICA CAMPANA-SHAPED VASE AND COVER
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A SIENA (TERCHI) MAIOLICA CAMPANA-SHAPED VASE AND COVER

CIRCA 1730

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A SIENA (TERCHI) MAIOLICA CAMPANA-SHAPED VASE AND COVER
CIRCA 1730
Painted by Bartolomeo Terchi and signed Bar Terchi, with a continuous scene of a young woman seated in a boat, surrounded by soldiers preparing to unload supplies as they approach the shore, by a wooded landscape with rocky cliffs, the lower body applied with gilt grotesques issuing scrolls and painted with further scenes of putti at play and with boats on the water in the distance beyond the wooded cliffs, the brown-ground foot applied with gilt feathered and tasselled scrolls and three lizards, the upper rim with two rows of gilt female and animal masks issuing rocaille scrollwork, the brown waisted cover with a band of gilt ovolo ornament below a conical finial (vase detachable from foot, restoration to upper rim and some retouched areas to scene around body, foot and cover restored)
27 in. (68.6 cm.) high

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Bartolomeo Terchi was born in Rome in 1691. At the age of twenty-three he went to San Quirico d'Orcia where he was employed at the pottery belonging to the Chigi Zondadari family. He left in 1724 and by 1725 he was established in Siena where he remained until 1735 when he moved to Bassano di Sutri in Lazio. He returned to Rome in 1753 and died between 1767 and 1768.

For two vases of the same form with almost identical moulded and gilt ornament (though with differing covers) from the Collezione Banco di Roma, see Elena Pelizzoni and Giovanna Zanchi, La maiolica dei Terchi, Florence, 1982, p. 45, nos. 23 and 24, and no. 19 for another similar example also painted with soldiers unloading a boat.

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