With its female grotesques at the short sides, combined with gadrooning, the present urn particularly recalls designs by the great Florentine master Giovanni Battista Foggini. Compare, for example, with his Urn published by Bellesi et al (op. cit., p. 329, fig. 27) and note the similarly expressive faces with full cheeks and pouting lips. The present urn was previously attributed to Giovanni Battista Casella (1623-1678) on the basis of a comparison with tomb monuments by the Genoese sculptor in Bardiglio grey marble, which have analogous baroque swags, scrolls and masks. The comparison with Foggini's designs might nonetheless indicate a dating slightly later in the 17th century or in the early 18th century. The sculpture is, regardless, a small scale triumph of late baroque decorative carving, sensitively and finely executed by an experienced hand.
R. Spinelli, Giovan Battista Foggini: Architetto Primario della Casa dei Medici (1652-1725), Florence, 2003; S. Bellesi and M. Visonà, Giovacchino Fortini: Scultura architettura decorazione e committenza a Firenze al tempo degli ultimi Medici, Florence, 2008
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