A SILVER-GILT TAZZA WITH AN ITALIAN RENAISSANCE FIGURE OF THE ROMAN EMPEROR TITUS
Circa 1560-1570, the bowl a later casting, the foot possibly Spanish, 16th Century, apparently unmarked except for French 19th century control marks
The central figure modelled and cast wearing a crown of laurel, parade armour with lion mask pauldrons, enriched with finely pounced foliate scrolls, his right arm raised and holding a lance, his left hand gripping a sword by its hilt, the cloak secured by two threaded clasps to his shoulders, decorated with a bold pattern of interlaced foliate scrolls centred by a carnation, the base engraved *TITVS*, on pedestal with lobed gadroons, the circular shallow bowl cast in two halves, with four scenes from the life of the Roman Emperor Titus, (1) The Fall of Jerusalem, (2) The Apis Bull Ceremony in Alexandria, (3) The Triumph of Titus with his father, Vespasian, bearing the impression of the Aldobrandini arms in the upper right, and (4) The inaugural Games of the Flavian Amphitheatre; the quadrants separated by fluted columns on pedestals decorated with cartouches and within an outer border formed by imbricated disks, around the central well a raised band of double linked guilloche, the underside with a separate replacement support plate, also repoussé with a raised band of double linked guilloche, resting on four scrollwork brackets issuing from acanthus, supported on a vase-shaped baluster shaft, cast with leonine horned masks and festoons of fruit, the circular convex foot, ornamented in two concentric borders with heads of cherubs and male heads within cartouches and further festoons of fruit and flowers, with French, nineteenth-century import and export marks, the gilding applied later
16½ in. (41.5 cm.) high; 14½ in. (37 cm.) diam.
Gross weight 106 oz. (3,310 gr.)