A very rare Capodimonte hot water jug and cover, circa 1750
Lot 39
A very rare Capodimonte hot water jug and cover, circa 1750
Sold for £11,250 (US$ 15,037) inc. premium

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A very rare Capodimonte hot water jug and cover, circa 1750 A very rare Capodimonte hot water jug and cover, circa 1750
A very rare Capodimonte hot water jug and cover, circa 1750
Decorated by Giacomo Nani, both sides with a still life of local produce, one side showing game, the other fish, the cover with fruit and sea urchins, the elaborate scrollwork handle and rims with gilding, the spout with an intricate scrollwork pattern in gold, 18cm high, (approx. 4cm crack to rear next to handle) (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Private Collection, Rome (by 1977);
    Italian Private Collection

    Literature:
    A. Mottola Molfino, L'Arte della Porcellana in Italia (1977), pls. XXXI and XXXII

    Giacomo Nani (Porto Ercole, 1698 – Napoli, 1755) is best-known for his still-life depictions of local game and fish, as well as floral still-lifes on canvas. He also worked at the Capodimonte porcelain factory as a decorator. A. Caròla-Perrotti, Le Porcellane dei Borbone di Napoli (1986) illustrates another depiction of local sea urchin and scallops on a teacup and saucer (plate XX), which she attributes firmly to Nani. The depiction of sea urchins (ricci) and capesante or scallops is a occurs frequently in Neapolitan painting of the early 18th century but, as Caròla-Perrotti notes, the combination with meat and fruit does not; she therefore argues that these pieces must represent the work of Nani at Capodimonte (p.113).
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