22 April 2008
TWO CALTAGIRONE TWO-HANDLED BOTTLE-FLASKS
FIRST HALF OF THE 19TH CENTURY
The fronts moulded to resemble human heads, their features enriched in manganese and ochre, the first without ears, with closed eyes and smiling, the second with incised hair, eyebrows and open eyes, the necks applied with strap handles enriched in green (one with large hole to face and with long crack extending horizontally round body in both directions, other with chipping to nose, ears and rims)
8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm.) and 8 5/16 in. (21.1 cm.) high (2)
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 467.
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For two bottles of similar type in the Museo Etnografico G. Pitrè, Palermo, see Antonio Ragona, La maiolica siciliana (Palermo, 1986), pl. 201, and for a Caltagirone two-handled jar modelled with a face dating from circa 1600, see pl. 11.
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