Circa 1800 Italian Capodimonte Six Figural Group with a Ram. This fine centerpiece is a Rare Capo Di Monte Italian Porcelain depicting "The Triumph of Galatea", Circa 1790. This piece is illustrated in the Summer/Autumn 2006 Issue of Antiques and Fine Art (www.antiquesandfineart.com) It is shown on page 129 in the Article THE EAST BRICK in Nantuckett which was the original home of Whaling Merchant Joseph Starbuck (1774-1861)and remained in the Starbuck Family until 1888. Since than there have been 10 owners,most recently Mark Goldweitz of Garrison Square Management, a Boston Real Estate firm and this past June it was generously loaned to the Nantucket Preservation Trust for use as a fundraising Show House. This Exact Piece dates 1790. Unsigned and in Excellent Condition. The base measures 14" X 10". Wonderful Roman Artwork with columns on the base with very bright gold. The name capodimonte (top of the hill) is mainly binded to the city of Naples and, particularly, to the Kingdom of Charles,III of Bourbon who, in 1743, built on the hill near to the royal palace, just called Capodimonte, a factory to produce porcelain that can reach the glory of the best European factories, first of all the Meissen Factory. The production, firstly identified with the Bourbon lily than, under Ferdinand IV with the famous crowned N, ends near 1820. Since this piece does not bear the N mark, we feel safe identifying the production date prior to the Victorian Era.
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