Circle of Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi (1656-1740), Italian, Florence, circa 1695-1700,
EWER WITH A NAIAD AND DOLPHINS
with a label under the base with the arms of Maurice de Wendel and his wife, Andrée des Monstiers-Mérinville, numbered in blue ink: 1096
the handle shaped as a dolphin, the foot with entwined dolphins, a Naiad in the front
; on a wood base
29 x 25 cm ; 11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in.
Maurice de Wendel (1879-1961), in his palace 28 avenue de New York, Paris;
thence by family descent to the present owner.
K. Lankheit, Die Modellsammlung der Porzellanmanufaktur Doccia, Munich, 1982, nos 159 to 161;
P. Williamson, European Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1996, pp. 140-141.