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A charming Italian majolica plate in excellent condition. The plate is from the Castelli factory near Naples. Excellent condition. The painting shows four cherubs within a blue drapery-lined interior. One cherub is playing an oboe, reading from an open score. Portions of a horn and a mandolin are seen behind him. The book towards the lower edge bears a mark which probably indicates a member of the large Grue family, the primary ceramicists at Castelli during the late 17th and 18th centuries. Castelli is a small town in the hills of the Abruzzo region where the local deposits of clay encouraged the famed centuries-old tradition of hand-painted ceramics.The rich yellow ground covering the back of the plate is typical higher-end Castelli pottery.
ODA-07733$1,850Share on Facebook