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AN ITALIAN STATUARY MARBLE TAZZA
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AN ITALIAN STATUARY MARBLE TAZZA

CIRCA 1800-1820

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AN ITALIAN STATUARY MARBLE TAZZA
CIRCA 1800-1820
The stiff-leaf bowl with central gargoyle mask flanked by further satire masks to the angles within a leaf carved border, the underside with four projecting lion masks above a spreading fluted socle with laurel cover, losses and damages, repaired corners and socle
14½ in. (36.9 cm.) high; The top -- 19½ in. (49.5 cm.) square
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The present tazza is similar but smaller than the example illustrated on the George Bullock table in the centre of J.Gibb's painting of the Long Gallery at Scone Palace circa 1827.

Such splendid tazzae, richly sculpted with bacchic lion and satyr masks, were popularised by the discovery of the related Pompeian altar basin for lustral water and its display in the Museum in Naples. Enthusiasm for such antiquities was further promoted by publications such as Thomas Hope's, Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807; and Henry Moses, Collection of Antique Vases, Altars, Paterae, Tripods, Candelabra, Sarcophagi etc., 1814. The Scone tazza is likely to have been prized as a restored antiquity in the early 19th century.

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