17 April 2000
A Castelli tondo
Painted by Francesco Antonio Saverio Grue with a coastal scene, the foreground with two Turkish merchants at discussion by a building, other merchants at various pursuits by the shore among boats and barrels, the middle distance with boats moored at a quayside with a tower and huts before distant mountains and a galleon on the horizon, within a brown, ochre and blue line rim (slight flaking to blue rim)
8¼ in. (21.1 cm.) diam.
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For a similar tondo in the Castello Sforzesco, Milan, see Graziella Ugolini Biscontini, Maiolica ed incisione (Milan 1992), nos. 61 and 61a.
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