A Spaccarelli Venetian blue cameo glass vase with replacement gilt-metal foot, dated 1887
Lot 122
A Venetian cameo glass vase by Attilio Spaccarelli, dated 1887
Sold for £26,250 (US$ 41,131) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Spaccarelli Venetian blue cameo glass vase with replacement gilt-metal foot, dated 1887 A Spaccarelli Venetian blue cameo glass vase with replacement gilt-metal foot, dated 1887 A Spaccarelli Venetian blue cameo glass vase with replacement gilt-metal foot, dated 1887 A Spaccarelli Venetian blue cameo glass vase with replacement gilt-metal foot, dated 1887 A Spaccarelli Venetian blue cameo glass vase with replacement gilt-metal foot, dated 1887
A Venetian cameo glass vase by Attilio Spaccarelli, dated 1887
Of amphora shape in rich cobalt blue overlaid in white, carved with a frieze of four full length figures of Satyrs and a Maenad after the Antique, between formal borders of vines and scrolls, signed 'A Spaccarelli 1887 incise V.Murano', on a replacement metal foot, 23.5cm high overall

Footnotes

  • The figure with a panther is taken from a marble relief of a maenad and two satyrs from the Villa Quintiliana in Rome, now in the British Museum. The other three figures are all from a Campana terracotta relief, also depicting two satyrs and a maenad, examples of which are now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and in the Louvre.

    Inspired by the work of John Northwood and others in England, Attillo Spaccarelli worked for the Compagnia di Venezia e Murano and specialised in reproductions of Roman cameo glass. His work was shown at the 1887 exhibition in Venice and at Rome in 1889. A fine example of his work is a vase in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, illustrated by Martine Newby, Glass of four Millennia (2000), fig.54.

    A very similar figure of a satyr occurs on a cameo vase in the Yale University Art Gallery, said to have been excavated at the Villa Albani near Rome in 1760, but now recognised as a forgery by Spaccarelli, see Susan Matheson's Catalogue of Ancient Glass at Yale (1980), fig.A7. Another closely related figure of a satyr was carved on the reverse of a vase dated 1891, sold at Sotheby's 20 June 2000, lot 196, the only major piece by Spaccarelli to come onto the market in recent years. Both pieces featured in Corning's exhibition, Reflecting Antiquity, 2007, catalogue nos.44-45
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