30 - 31 May 2012
A CAPODIMONTE COFFEE OR CHOCOLATE-CUP AND SAUCER
CIRCA 1750, BLUE FLEUR DE LYS MARKS
With gilt angular scroll handle, painted perhaps by Giacomo Nani, each with an arrangement of fruit, including melons, grapes, pomegranates and pears against ciselé gilt silhouetted rockwork and foliage, the rims with a gilt arch border above foliate scroll and dot ornament (the saucer cracked and restuck and chip to footrim, slight wear to gilt rims)
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 30 June 1986, lot 171.
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Angela Caròla-Perrotti, 'Le Porcellane dei Borbone di Napoli, Capodimonte e Real Fabbrica Ferdinandea 1743-1806', Exhibition Catalogue, Naples, 1987, p.113, no. 59 and TAV. XXI.
According to Angela Caròla-Perrotti, Ibid., p. 113, no. 59 only three examples of pieces with this type of unusual 'gold ground' decoration are known of, all in private collections. She goes on to discuss the validity of the attribution to Giacomo Nani based on the distinctive arrangement and perspective of the still life painting.
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