Manufactured by Cantagalli (factory founded 1878)
55 cm (high)
Italian (Florence), circa 1900
Each vase with cockerel factory mark, and numbered (see right)
English private collection (first vase), William Wiltshire III; John Winter (second vase)
Livia Malenchini and Olivia Rucellai, The Revival of Italian Maiolica: Ginori and Cantagalli, 2002, fig. 107 (for drawing of vase of the same form, see below), and fig. 88 (for a vase of the same form)
The shape of the present vases embodies the energy and modernity of the Stile Liberty. The two lotus leaf stems twisting up gracefully from the bottle shaped body to form a cup at the neck of the vase. The lustre decoration too is exceptionally accomplished.
This Cantagalli form exists on three other vases, with different lustre decoration. One is in the Collezione Alfonso Lucifero d’Aprigliano, was shown in the exhibition in Rome in 2002 (see Giuliana Gardelli ‘La Ceramica e il Liberty’, in Il Liberty in Italia, 2001, p.254, no.12.