French 16th Century, probably Saint-Porchaire (Deux-Sevres), or Paris region|
French 16th Century (ceramist)
Cup on high foot with the royal arms of France crowned, c. 1540/1560
lead-glazed fine earthenware
overall (height x length of bowl excluding masks): 13.6 x 15.4 cm (5 3/8 x 6 1/16 in.)
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Frédéric Engel-Gros, Château de Ripaille, Haute Savoie, France, by 1888 (sale, Paris, 30 May - 1 June 1921, no. 122); (Durlacher, London); purchased 1922 by Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; inheritance from the Estate of Peter A. B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, after purchase by funds of the Estate, 1942.
 Edmond Bonnaffé, "Les faïences de Saint-Porchaire," Gazette des beaux-arts 2d ser., 37 (1888), 327, "une coupe d'une forme originale à M. Engel-Gros de Baie," presumably refers to this piece. Catalogue des tableaux anciens, tableaux modernes, objets d'art et de haute curiosité, importantes tapisseries composant la collection Engel-Gros, Paris, 30 May-1 June 1921, no. 122 repro.  NGA provenance records state that this piece was in the "Lowengard collection. Sold Paris, 10 June 1910;" and from the "Achille Leclerq collection." However, what sounds like the same piece was already mentioned by Bonnaffé in 1888 as in the collection of Engel-Gros. Neither the sale in Paris on 30 May 1904, following the death of Achille Leclerq, "antiquaire," nor the Catalogue des tapisseries de Flandres... après décès de M. Lowengard, sold on 10 June 1910, included any Saint-Porchaire.
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