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CIRCA 1545

CIRCA 1545
Painted with Mars and Venus lying in an embrace and trapped within a net, Vulcan standing to the right, pointing and holding a hammer aloft in his right hand, his forge in the background, with Mercury and other deities standing nearby to witness the spectacle, in a wooded river landscape with a town and mountains in the distance, the reverse inscribed venere e marte in blue (minor chipping to rim, reverse with slight crack adjacent to rim, chipping to footrim)
10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm.) diam.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 2 July 1979, lot 135.
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The scene depicted is the story of Venus and Mars as told by Ovid in Metamorphoses and also by Homer in the Odyssey. Venus fell in love with Mars, the god of war, and upon discovering her infidelity Vulcan used an unbreakable to ensnare the couple and called upon Apollo, Mercury, Neptune and others to witness the shameful spectacle.

A dish painted with the same subject, formerly in the Ferdinand Adda Collection, and bearing very similar elements in its composition to the present lot, is illustrated by Bernard Rackham, Islamic Pottery and Italian Maiolica, London, 1959, no. 447.

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