Two vases

Ref: 1650 & 1660
  • Maker

    Manufactured by Cantagalli (factory founded 1878)

  • Detail

    Lustre-decorated majolica

    55 cm (high)

    Italian (Florence), circa 1900

  • Marked

    Each vase with cockerel factory mark, and numbered (see right)

  • Provenance

    English private collection (first vase), William Wiltshire III; John Winter (second vase)

  • Literature

    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)

  • Notes

    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.