The Italian Migration, 2017

Translucent porcelain with Xin Cai painting and 24ct gold foil on stopper

Made by the artist in Jingdezhen, China

Pictured alongside RBe66 for illustrative purposes

Height 15cm (5 7/8")
Width 9cm (3 1/2")
Depth 3cm (1 1/8")


Private Collection, London, 2020


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Beginning in the late 1870’s, and for the next hundred years, over 27 million people left Italy to cross the seas and settle in other continents. California alone is home to over 1.4 million people of Italian descent. American businesses encouraged immigration as a source of cheap labour. However the Italians brought more that cheap labour. Some immigrants were trained labourers and craftsmen who worked as brick-layers, masons, tailors, and barbers. They brought with them their love of family, culture and fine Italian food and wine. Iconography The Goddess of Rome receives the God of Rome brought to her by the imperial eagle. The imperial eagle, being adopted as a standard by the United States, lives on in the new world. Romulus and Remus were purportedly the sons of Rhea Silvia and either Mars the god of war, or the demi-god hero Hercules. They were abandoned at birth due to a prophecy that they would overthrow their great-uncle. The twins were left on the banks of the Tiber River by servants who, despite their orders to kill them, took pity on the infants. They then became nurtured by Lupa, the she-wolf, until a shepherd found the boys and took them as his sons. When they grew older, Romulus and Remus decided to establish a city; however, they quarrelled, and Romulus killed his brother. Rome thus began with a fratricide that began the city's long history of bloodshed and political intrigue. The reverse side shows an image of the 18th century natural history scientist, Mark Catesby, hunting buffalo and sea eagle. Catesby made an extensive study of the wildlife of Southeastern United States. Robin Best

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