19th November 2020
An Italian maiolica wet drug jar, probably Deruta, 17th century, the ovoid body painted to the front in blue and yellow with grotesques, winged beasts and fauns surrounding a label inscribed 'S.D.ASSENZO', the back painted in blue with leaves surrounding a label inscribed 'S.D.ASSEZO', with bifurcated handle and short spout, height 24.5cm (handle restored). Note: an albarello with similar decoration to this wet drug jar was sold at Sotheby's, 14th December 2004, Lot 2. Provenance: from the collection of the late Professor Maurice Stacey.
Hammer price: £600
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