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THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
AN URBINO ISTORIATO DISH of shallow cardinal's hat form, painted with The Contest between the Pierides and the Muses, the naked or scantily attired figures at discussion and playing musical instruments, flanking a watery grotto beneath trees issuing from rockwork and with a fortified hill town in the distance (cracked across and around the well and repaired), circa 1540, carved giltwood frame

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AN URBINO ISTORIATO DISH of shallow cardinal's hat form, painted with The Contest between the Pierides and the Muses, the naked or scantily attired figures at discussion and playing musical instruments, flanking a watery grotto beneath trees issuing from rockwork and with a fortified hill town in the distance (cracked across and around the well and repaired), circa 1540, carved giltwood frame
40cm. diam.

Lot Essay

The source is an engraving by G.G. Caraglio after a painting by Giovanni dei Rossi (Cf. Bartsch, XV, no. 53), similarly used as a source for an Urbino trilobed cistern formerly in the Spitzer Collection and illustrated in the Catalogue, La Collection Spitzer (1892), Vol. IV, no. 83, pl. XVII. See also Wallace Collection, Catalogue of Ceramics I, C.100, p. 205 for a fragment of another cistern, formerly in the Falke Collection, and ibid, Fig. 20 for a reproduction of the engraving; another dish with this subject is there referred to as being formerly in the Spitzer Collection and sold by Chevalier, Paris, 17 April-16 June 1893, lot 1099
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