A very decorative, 19th century, Italian majolica lamp from the Florentine workshop of Ulysses Cantagalli. The urn shaped lamp in Italian renaissance style, with a dome shaped cover, the cover with a spear tip finial. The urn on a circular base and socle, standing on a square shaped base. The lamp shown with an ivory, pleated silk shade suggestion.
The lamp beautifully painted in monochrome, pastel blue enamel. The urn cover, rim and base with a lambrequin border. The principal subject, a renaissance scholar with his dog. The urn sides with moulded, lion head ring grips. The figure subject deftly drawn in a very free flowing manner.
The lamp on a square, custom made base, lacquered in Royal Blue. Of note, due to the ceramic firing technology of the day, the urn had slightly sagged in the kiln, hence the irregular angle of the majolica square base.
Ulysses Cantagalli is recognised today as a major 19th century Italian potter. Hardly anything is known about him prior to 1878 when he is recorded as taking over the family factory in Florence. Florence, of course, was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and Cantagalli's early products reflect this Renaissance artistic style. The style, at the time, was in great demand, especially in England and English speaking countries in general.
Cantagalli was an outstanding ceramicist, whose original works are displayed in many private and important public museum collections including the Bargello in Florence, the Museo Stibbert also in Florence and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
After a long and successful life, Cantagalli died in 1901. His wife and daughter continued to operate the factory in Florence until 1934 when the factory was sold to the former artistic director, Amerigo Menegatti. The factory struggled through Italy's disastrous involvement with the Second World War, finally closing in 1985.
Umberto I - Circa 1880
Overall height (including shade) 23"/58.5cm approx
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The lamp shade shown is for photography purposes only.