This exceptionally large cistern is of great elegance, the shape dating from the late Renaissance and originating in Tuscany. See O. ter Kuile, Koper & Brons, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 1986, cat no. 261, where the author describes a much smaller example in the Rijksmuseum (46 cm. high), Italian, late 16th/ early 17th century. There the spout is formed by a lion’s head. The text cites two further examples, one sold at Frederik Muller, Amsterdam, 21-24 November, 1933, no. 382, the other sold from the collection A. Satori, Kende, Wenen, 2-5 May, 1936, no. 638, pl. XIII, there described as Venetian, early 17th century.
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