Lot 7
  • 7

Workshop of Giovanni della Robbia (1469-1529), Italian, Florence, early 16th century

15,000 - 20,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Relief Roundel with a Bust of the Emperor Vespasian in a Garlanded Frame
  • glazed and polychromed terracotta

  • Workshop of Giovanni della Robbia (1469-1529), Italian, Florence, early 16th century
with an old paper label printed: /5 and a paper label to the back inscribed in pen: 38

Catalogue Note

This impressive roundel compares closely with another from Giovanni della Robbia's workshop representing Agrippa, which was sold in these rooms on 9th July 2008 (lot 61). The portrait in the present roundel can be identified as that of the Roman Emperor Vespasian (9-79CE). Giovanni della Robbia was responsible for a number of portrait roundels with celebrated figures from Antiquity (including the roundel with the bust of Menander in this sale). These are exemplified by his roundel with the heads of Julia, Augustus and Agrippa in the Victoria and Albert Museum (inv. no. 369-1864). All such roundels compare with a series of documented busts of saints produced by Giovanni for the Certosa di Galluzzo, Florence in 1523.

The present lot is offered with a thermoluminescence analysis report from Oxford Authentication Ltd dated 26 January 2012 stating that the sample (No: N112a19) was last fired between 300 and 600 years ago, i.e. between 1412 and 1712 AD.

J. Pope-Hennessy, Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1964, no. 234, p. 235