Offered for sale is an early 20th century Italian glazed terracotta majolica floor vase or wine cistern in baluster form with side handles. The vase is painted in predominant teal greens depicting figures in a garden, possibly Adam and Eve, surrounded by a procession of animals.
Ulisse Cantagalli took over a pottery factory in Florence in 1878. He was a superb artist and even better businessman who promoted his wares internationally, especially in Great Britain. His signature mark, the Cockerel is easily recognizable and appealing to collectors. Cantagalli was fascinated with the Italian pottery made during the Renaissance and revived the old techniques and styles. After his death in 1901, his wife and daughter continued to run the factory until 1934 when they sold it to Amerigo Menegatti, who had been the factory’s artistic director.
The vase is in excellent condition with minor wear to the enamel commensurate with age. It is a very heavy piece, crating or blanket wrapped hand delivery is recommended.
Size: 28 ½” Height by 21” Diameter. (approximately).
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