Two Doccia-Ginori white-glazed rectangular plaques, "L'Allegoria della Primavera e dell'Inverno" after models by Massimiliano Soldani Benzi (Italian, 1656-1740) mid- to late 19th century
plaque dimensions 16 1/4 x 22in (41.5 x 66cm), in green-painted and giltwood frames
Provenance: The Estate of Leona Helmsley Sold Christie's, New York, 9 April 2008, lot 17
Literature: John Winter, Le Statue de Marchese Ginori, sculpture in porcellana bianca di Doccia, exhibition catalogue, 2003, pp. 84-87.
The "Quattro Stagioni," commissioned for Ferdinando de'Medici, were originally conceived by Soldani in bronze circa 1708. Two Doccia porcelain reliefs from this series, circa 1770, are preserved at the Museo di Palazzo Venezia, Roma; the original wax models are in the collection of the Museo dello Porcellane di Doccia, Sesto Fiorentino.
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