Late 18th Century Grand Scale Neo-Classical Carrara Marble Tazza

Late 18th Century Grand Scale Neo-Classical Carrara Marble Tazza
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Late 18th Century Grand Scale Neo-Classical Carrara Marble Tazza

Italy
Circa 1780
The large gadrooned bowl is adorned with generously proportioned fluted handles that emerge from the heads of two beautifully detailed Seilenoi, the whole being carved from one piece. The bowl is fitted with a brass pin that rests on a solid carved Carrara marble fluted expanding socle that stands on a squared plinth.

It is a rare commissioned table-top centrepiece for cooling wine and the fact it is carved from fine Italian white marble is unusual. It is in excellent condition for its age.

NB A similar masked handle can be seen on the fluted marble basin decorated with Seilenoi heads, 1st century BC, which is in The Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

The Seilenoi (or Sileni), are rustic spirits (Daimones) in the train of the God Dionysus. They were sons of the first Seilenos and the fathers of the tribes of Satyrs and Oreiades (mountain nymphs). The Seilenoi were depicted as elderly, white-haired satyrs with asinine ears and snub noses. The twelve male guardians of the infant Dionysus known as Pheres Lamioi, were Seilenoi. Dionysus (or Dionysius), is the Olympic God of wine, vegetation, pleasure and festivity.


Total H 42cm (16.5 inches)
D of bowl 17 cm (6.75 inches)
Total W 58 cm (22.75 inches)
W of base 26 cm (10.25 inches)
H 42.00cm (16.54 inches) W 58.00cm (22.83 inches)
£16,750
Stock No: FCS586
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