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Cantagalli Italian Renaissance Revival Maiolica Vase, circa 1890

$2,600

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An Italian maiolica vase made by Ulisse Cantagalli (1839-1901) in the last quarter of the 19th century. Harkening back to the Italian Renaissance, Cantagalli’s styles, designs, and motifs are inspired by Renaissance ceramics, such as those made in Urbino, Italy in the 16th century. The vase depicts two putti on a riverside architectural backdrop with a color palette meticulously precise in its allusion to ceramics from centuries before. Cantagalli was inspired by 16th-century maiolica originating in Urbino, some of which were signed by the great ceramic artists of the time, including Nicola da Urbino and Francesco Xanto Avelli, and Guido Durantino. Cantagalli reproduced the color palettes, styles, and techniques that made these wares among the most expensive and sought after works of art throughout the 16th century. Much like the patisches created by Renaissance ceramics artists who drew on various sources, including paintings, frescos, and prints, so did Cantagalli incorporate old designs in new shapes. The grotesque figures on the bases of the handles harken to the Classical Roman fresco designs at the Domus Aurea, the unfinished Palace of Nero. Cantagalli’s use of historical forms was very much aligned with his Renaissance predecessors who sought to imitate the forms of the Roman Empire. The palace, excavated in Rome in the 16th century, became an immediate source of inspiration to Renaissance artists such as Orazio Fontana, one of the most renowned Italian Renaissance ceramicists. The relief grotesques aided in linking their art, and themselves, to a grand Roman past, a sensibility we find on display in Cantagalli ceramics as well. Condition: Excellent. There are a few small areas where the glaze separated from the earthenware body during the original firing, most notably on the interior rim and under the putti scene. Dimensions: 10 1/2 in. H x 8 in. D (26.8 cm H x 20.5 cm D).

Details

  • Creator
    Cantagalli (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 10.5 in. (26.67 cm)Width: 8 in. (20.32 cm)Depth: 8 in. (20.32 cm)
  • Style
    Renaissance Revival (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1880-1900
  • Condition
    There are a few small areas where the glaze separated from the earthenware body during the original firing, most notably on the interior rim and under the putti scene.
  • Seller Location
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 2020.3.11stDibs: LU5643222708922

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    Ships From: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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