A Faenza crespina attributed to the workshop of Virgiliotto Calamelli circa 1540-60

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Lot 21
A Faenza crespina attributed to the workshop of Virgiliotto Calamelli circa 1540-60

Sold for £ 10,800 (US$ 15,065) inc. premium
A Faenza crespina attributed to the workshop of Virgiliotto Calamelli
circa 1540-60
the lobed dish on a pedestal foot, painted possibly in the workshop of Virgiliotto Calamelli with a biblical scene showing the disciples discovering Christ's open empty tomb, a soldier on horseback in the centre foreground, a classical pyramidal tomb to the right by towering city walls, a mountainous landscape to the left, the rim picked out in yellow, the moulding on the underside boldly picked out in shades of yellow and blue, 26.5cm diam, the numeral 115 scratched into the glaze on the base

Footnotes

  • Provenance: the Fountaine Collection, no. 115, sold at Christie's 16-19 June 1884, third day's sale, lot 344, described as 'A Dish with scalloped edges, a figure on white horse, others looking into a cistern, buildings and a pyramid in the background, back painted in blue and yellow - 10 inches'. It was bought by Martin Colnaghi for £21. For further information on the Fountaine collection sale see the entry for the previous lot. A stylistically very similar crespina depicting St. Francis receiving the Stigmata was in the Dutuit Collection. It bears the VR AF mark associated with the workshop of Virgiliotto Calamelli. See Musée du Petit Palais, Céramiques Vol 1, no. 37, pp. 128-9. A group of similar crespinas with the same attribution are in the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum, Brunswick, see Johanna Lessman, Italienische Majolika, (Brunswick 1979), nos. 31-38, pp. 106-110.
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