A rare and important mid-17th century blue and white decorated faience flask made in Savona, Italy around 1660. Each side of the flask is painted with scenes of landscape alternating with paintings of large flying putti, while the base of the flask is painted with a running border of foliage. The bottom of the flask is painted in blue with the modified coat of arms of the city of Savona, together with the maker’s initials; D.R. This mark is consistent with others dating from the mid-17th century.
Provenance: The de Kolb collection. Acquired directly from Elvira Esterhazy, Baroness de Kolb-Wartenberg, Park Avenue New York and Capri.
Height: 8.3”/20.7cm. Width of the base: 3.25:/ 8.0cm.
Condition is museum quality antique. There is minor wear to the rim of the flask and to the base from usage, but there are no chips, breaks, cracks, or repairs
The style of this beautifully painted flask shows both the influence of Delft and China on Genoese 17th century faience, but also shows off all the exuberance of the Genoese High Baroque. The painting is finer and more subtle than that seen on the few other flasks surviving from this period, and was clearly done by a master at the top of his craft. Each scene moves evenly into the next, carried on the continuous banderole which glides around the base.
This is arguably the finest piece of Savona table ware we have ever seen. Flasks of this large size and in this condition are incredibly scarce, and rarely come onto the market.
See: Honey, William B., European Ceramic Art from the end of the Middle Ages to about 1815, Faber and Faber Ltd., London, 1948, Vol. 1. pg.542, 543, no.3 (illus.).
Also: Wm. Chaffers, Marks & Monograms on European and Oriental Pottery and Porcelain, Borden Publishing Company, Los Angeles, California, 1946, pg. 145.
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