22 April 2008
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
A SICILIAN FLASK
18TH OR 19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY CALTAGIRONE
Modelled in the form of a fish, one side incised with scales and washed with ochre and manganese markings, with a small aperture in the mouth (areas of slight flaking and wear)
9 in. (23 cm.) long
Sir Henry d'Avigdor-Goldsmid, Bt., DSO, MC, TD, Somerhill, Kent
By descent to Lady d'Avigdor-Goldsmid and Mr and Mrs James Teacher, sale Sotheby's 24th June 1981, lot 468.
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An example with more defined markings is illustrated by Julia Poole, Italian maiolica and incised slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge, 1995), p. 473.
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