A MONUMENTAL IZNIK-STYLE CANTAGALLI POTTERY VASE, ITALY, LATE 19TH CENTURY
decorated in relief in red, green and blue, with lobed medallions containing floral bouquets and interspersed with cintamani motifs, underside with typical Cantagalli cockerel symbol
Intact, pitting to glaze and notably to red with some red-retouching / painted in some, drill hole to foot with associated break and another drill hole to underside of base, as viewed.
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Sotheby's Paris, 28 October 2009, lot 137.
Cantagalli works originate from a pottery factory founded by Ulisse Cantagalli in Florence in 1878. Ulisse began to trade as Manifattura Figli di Giuseppe Cantagalli, with the main production of works being copies of Italian maiolica as well as European and Middle Eastern pottery, and specifically Iznik wares from the Ottoman Empire.
Cantagalli vases such as this one, which can be identified by the signature cockerel mark on the base of the vase, are inspired by sixteenth century Iznik ceramics. The Italian producers did not want the vase to be a complete imitation of Iznik, and this can be distinguished by its monumental size and form, which differs from typical Iznik works.
For similar Iznik-style inspired works produced in Cantagalli workshops, please refer to Conti & Cerfariello, 1990, pp.62-64 and Ginori & Cantagalli, 2011, pp.220-4.