SOLDANI BENZI, Massimiliano
(b. 1656, Firenze, d. 1740, Montevarchi)


Black marble, gilded silver and bronze, height 80 cm
Museo degli Argenti, Palazzo Pitti, Florence

This vase of black touchstone (black marble of Belgium) is one of a group of four, made for Grand Prince Ferdinando between 1689 and 1693. The handles are formed by a putto cast in bronze and gilded, which embraces a swan made of a plate of silver. The elegant naturalism of the foliage on the top of the urn and at the four corners of the base is typical of Soldani Benzi's style.

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