A Pair of Capodimonte Teabowls and Saucers
Fleur-de-lys marks in blue
Teabowl 4.7 cm high, saucers 13.3 cm across
Decorated on either side with two sprays of oriental style flowers, fiori coreani, the border with baroque gilt ornament.
This type of flower painting is unique to Capodimonte and displays a delightful disregard of botanical authenticity with a whole variety of different flowers and coloured leaves growing on the same stem. The closest influence is the baroque oriental flower painting found on Meissen Augustus Rex vases of the early 1730’s. The gilt border is also taken from Meissen laub und bandelwerk.
The Property of a Nobleman, sold Christie’s London, 28 November 1975, lot 47 lot 32
Collezione Fiordalisi, Naples