RELATED LITERATURE Galeazzo Cora, Storia della maiolica di Firenze e del contado, Secoli XIV e XV, Vol. I Florence, 1973, Vol. I, pp. 143-44 and Vol. II, tav. 231a.
'Persian palmette', Palmetta persiana, ornament of this type originated from pomegranate motifs in Islamic textiles which were imported into Europe during the Renaissance. Variations of the pattern appear on Tuscan pottery from around the 1480s.
A particularly close albarello in this minimal colour palette though decorated with vertical palmettes is published by Dora Thornton and Timothy Wilson, Italian Renaissance ceramics, A catalogue of the British museum collection, Vol. I, British Museum, 2009, p. 199, no. 125. The authors note the two categories of decoration distinguished by Cora, one of more natural flowerheads issuing from curving vine (like that seen on the present lot) and a more geometric pattern like the British museum example. See Cora, op. cit, for a two-handled jar now in the Victoria and Albert museum, and a further albarello painted in the manner.1 Traditionally catalogued as Cafaggiolo, the type was re-attributed to Montelupo following the 1973 excavation of the pozzo dei lavatoi where objects and sherds decorated in this pattern were found.2 Sartori was active circa 1490-1530.
1. The albarello illustrated is perhaps the example sold, Sotheby's Florence, 19th October 1970, lot 4. 2. Thornton and Wilson, op. cit., p. 199.
In generally good appearance.
There is a chip to the lower part of the waisted body, measuring approximately 2.6cm. wide, and a similar smaller chip to the shoulder. At the lower part of the body there is a short crack which could have occurred during the manufacturing. To the other side there a similar short crack with two short cracks branching off from it. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."