LITERATURE ON THE ALDOBRANDINI TAZZE
An inventory drawn up in 1638 of the property of Cardinal Ippolito Aldobrandini, recording the twelve tazze as;
Dodici tazzoni Grandi il piede alto lavorati con diverse historie di basso relievo con Imperatori in piede sopra ciascuno, segnati ciascun pezzo col n.o 52 pesano tutti insieme libre centonove, oncie undici e mezza lib. 109: on. 11½
(Twelve large tazze on a high foot, worked with historical scenes in low relief, with Emperors standing on top of each one, each piece signed with the number 52; altogether they weigh 109 pounds, 11½ ounces.)
Archivio di Stato, Roma, Not Ac. 2661, an inventory drawn up on 2 March 1710, after the death of Prince Giovanni Battista Pamphilij, recording the twelve tazze as;
Nella Guardaroba Aldobrandini posta nel Palazzo al Corso habitato dall Em. tima Cardinale D. Benedetto Pamphily. Dodici tazzoni grandi d'argento con piedi alti historiato di baso rilievo con un Imperatore in piedi sopra ciascheduno. Pesano tutti insieme libre cento nove et oncie otto.
(In the Aldobrandini Treasury in the Palazzo al Corso then lived in by Cardinal Benedetto Pamphily. Twelve large dishes with tall bases, with historical scenes in low relief and a large standing figure of an emperor on each. They weigh 109 pounds and 8 ounces.)
Rudolph Ackerman's Repository, London, 1826, II, pp. 303-304, as by Benvenuto Cellini.
The Times, London, 25 January 1834, p. 8, advertisement, as by Benvenuto Cellini.
The Gentleman's Magazine, London, April 1834, p. 418.
A. Darcel, La Collection Spitzer: Antiquité-moyen-âge-Renaissance, Paris, 1890-1892, III, Orfèvrerie Civile, pls. XIII and XIV, pp. 23-24 (dated 16th Century, Augsburg; pl. XIII illustrates Titus on the Augustus bowl, the text however describes under X (61) Vespasian on the Augustus bowl)
Sale catalogue, Catalogue des objects d'art et de haute curiosité antiques, du moyen-âge et de la renaissance composant l'importance et précieuse collection Spitzer, Paul Chevallier and Charles Mannheim, Paris, 17 April-16 June 1893, lots 1759-1763 and lot 3025, dated sixteenth century, Augsburg.
Catalogue of the exhibition, A Collection of Silversmiths Work of European Origin, Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 1901, pl. 74, p. 54 (Vespasian).
E.A. Jones, Illustrated Catalogue of the J. Pierpont Morgan Collection of Old Plate, London, 1908, pl. 75 (Vespasian).
1913 Bath House Inventory, p. 136, no. 677 (Nero), p. 137, no. 678 (Titus on fluted foot), in the safe.
1914 Wernher Inventory, p. 92, no. 457 (Nero), p. 93, no. 458 (Titus on fluted foot).
Sale catalogue, Bertram, 5th Earl of Ashburnham, Christie's, London, 24-26 March 1914, lot 202, as by Benvenuto Cellini (Titus bowl).
The Daily Telegraph, London, 27 March 1914, saleroom report by A.C.R. Carter.
E.A. Jones, Old Silver of Europe and America from Early Times to the Nineteenth Century, Philadelphia, 1928, pl. 53, p. 212 (Vespasian).
Sale catalogue, William Randolph Hearst, St. Donat's Castle, Christie's, London, 16 May 1935, lot 77, as North Italian or South German (Titus Bowl).
Catalogue of the exhibition, Coleccão Lázaro de Nova Iorque, Museau Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon, June 1945, no. 110 (Julius Caesar).
Y. Hackenbroch, 'The Emperor Tazzas', The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, no. 7, New York, March 1950, pp. 189-197, dated to circa 1580, Augsburg.
Sale catalogue, Anon. Sale, Christie's, London, 22 June 1960, lot 102, as Augsburg, late 16th Century (Caligula/Galba tazza).
J. Camon Aznar, Guia abreviada del Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid, 1962, pp. 96-97.
J.F. Hayward, 'The Aldobrandini Tazzas', The Burlington Magazine, vol. 112, no. 811, London, October 1970, pp. 669-674, dated 1560-1570, Italian, chased by an Augsburg trained goldsmith, fig. 18 (Titus on fluted foot).
J. Culme, 'Kensington Lewis, a nineteenth-century businessman', The Connoisseur, vol. 190, London, September 1975, pp. 26-41, fig. 5, (Titus on fluted foot).
M. Urwick-Smith, Luton Hoo: The Wernher Collection, London, Pitcairn Pictorials, 1975, p. 18.
David R. McFadden, 'An Aldobrandini Tazza: A Preliminary Study', The Minneapolis Institute of Arts Bulletin, LXVIII, 1976-77, pp. 42-45, dated 1570-80, Roman, chased by a Northern craftsman.
J.F. Hayward, Virtuoso Goldsmiths and the Triumph of Mannerism 1540-1620, London, 1976, pp. 164-165 and 371-376, figs. 363-365.
C. Hernmarck, The Art of the European Silversmith 1430-1830, London, 1977, I, pp. 126-127, II, figs. 234-235, dated 1580-1590, Italian or French, chased by a German Goldsmith (fig. 235, Augustus bowl).
J. Culme, Nineteenth Century Silver, London, 1977, p. 74.
T. Schroder, catalogue of the exhibition, The Schroder Collection, Virtuoso Goldsmiths' Work from the Age of Humanism, Goldsmiths' Hall, London, 1979.
Sale catalogue, The Morgan Collection, Christie's, New York, 22 October 1982, lot 68, dated 1570-1585, Italian (Vespasian).
T.B. Schroder, The Art of the European Goldsmith: Silver from the Schroder Collection, The American Federation of Arts, New York, 1983, no. 16, pp. 66-71, dated 1550-1560, Italian, chased under supervision of Flemish goldsmith.
Catalogue of the exhibition, The Treasure Houses of Britain, Five hundred Years of Private Patronage and Art Collecting, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1985, pp. 578-579, no. 515, the present bowl and figure dated 1570-1585, illustrated on Spanish foot, now with the following lot.
Y. Hackenbroch, 'Reinhold Vasters, Goldsmith. A Hardstone Statuette', Metropolitan Museum Journal, vol. 20, 1985, pp. 256-258, as possibly by an Augsburg trained goldsmith in Italy (Vitellius).
J.M. Cruz Vadovinos, Introducción a la colección de plateria del museo Lázaro Galdiano, Goya, 193-195, Madrid, 1986, 36-38.
J. Culme, The Directory of Gold and Silversmiths, 1838-1914, London, 1987, I, p. xxi and 206.
P. Glanville, Silver, London, 1996, pp. 55 and 133, dated 1560-1575, possibly Flemish.
J.M. Cruz Valdovinos, catalogue of the exhibition, Plateria Europea en España, 1300-1700, Fundación Central Hispano, Madrid, 15 October-14 December 1997, pp. 166-170, dated 1570-1580, Roman.
Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, The Treasure Houses of Britain, Five Hundred Years of Private Patronage and Art Collecting, exhibited on Spanish foot, now with the following lot.