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18th Century Italian Maiolica Flower Pot Milano, circa 1770



Maiolica flower pot “a mezzaluna” decorated with garlands of flowers Pasquale Rubati Factory Milan, circa 1770 Measures: 4.7 in x 5 in x 8.8 in 12 cm x 12.8 cm x 22.4 cm lb 1.76 (kg 0.8) State of conservation: intact with slight chipping due to use in relief parts A rare example of a flower pot “a mezzaluna” produced by the manufactory of the refined painter Pasquale Rubati, who opened a factory in Milan in 1756 to compete with Felice Clerici. The flower pot with a complex, as well as original and practical, shape was used to hold flowers while creating an orderly arrangement. As it could also be leant against the wall, its use went beyond simple table centerpieces, but rather it could also be placed in functional and decorative locations. The maiolica is decorated with a rocaille relief to adorn the edges. The upper part is perforated in a radial pattern to contain and support the flowers. The mold, indicated in the original inventories as “fioriere a mezzaluna”, was notedly used by the Milanese manufactories of the 18th century, as demonstrated by some of the specimens preserved in the Museum of Applied Arts of the Sforzesco Castle in Milan. (See R. Ausenda (edited by), Musei e Gallerie di Milano. Museo d’Arti Applicate. Le ceramiche. Tomo secondo, Milano 2001, p. 425, n. 409 and n. 41.) The polychrome decoration shows a relief border with an elongated leaf shape painted in green with touches of manganese that are repeated along the upper edge to match with the rocaille motifs decorated in antimony yellow, blue and iron red. At the center of the flower pot, a series of garlands of minute flowers alternate with bows and drapes in purple red. Maolica and porcelain production in the 18th century belonged mainly to the great royal families or in any case to the noble families who made the manufacture of ceramic works a source of prestige. In Milan, under Maria Teresa of Austria, the time period witnessed a real opening to new industrialists who, by virtue of the privatizations granted by the government, assumed a real business risk, giving life, albeit not without conflict, to flourishing factories and to production which was among the most elegant and most requested at the moment and which still today remains object of collection.


  • Creator
    Pasquale Rubati (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 4.73 in. (12 cm)Width: 8.82 in. (22.4 cm)Depth: 5.04 in. (12.8 cm)
  • Style
    Rococo (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1770
  • Condition
    Minor fading. Intact with slight chipping due to use in relief parts.
  • Seller Location
    Milano, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4352214037222

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