National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Plate with Hero leaping to her death from her tower and the drowned Leander; in the center, a shield of arms Attributed to Francesco Xanto Avelli and a collaborator, probably in Urbino; probably lustered in the workshop of Maestro Giorgio Andreoli of Gubbio, or by Vicenzo Andreoli, Urbino
Francesco Xanto Avelli (ceramist)
Italian, c. 1486/1487 - after 1542
Vincenzo Andreoli (ceramist)
Italian 16th Century (ceramist)
Maestro Giorgio Andreoli of Gubbio (related artist)
Italian, c. 1465/1470 - c. 1553
Plate with Hero leaping to her death from her tower and the drowned Leander; in the center, a shield of arms, 1538
tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)
overall (diameter): 26.7 cm (10 1/2 in.)
Widener Collection
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From the Tour: Italian Renaissance Ceramics
Object 11 of 25


Louis-Fidel Debruge Duménil [d. 1838], Paris (sale, Paris, 23 January-12 March 1850, no. 1146).[1] Prince Petr Soltykoff, Paris; (sale, Paris, 8 April-1 May 1861, no. 698).[2] (Roussel, Paris). Perhaps Baron Achille Seillière, Paris.[3] Maurice Kann, Paris [d. 1906]; (Duveen Brothers), 1908, as part of the Kann collection; purchased February 1910 by Peter A. B. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; inheritance from the Estate of Peter A. B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, 1942.

[1] Catalogue des objets d'art qui composent la collection Debruge Duménil dont la vente aux enchères aura lieu à Paris... (Paris, 1850), no. 1146, same attribution. [2] Catalogue des objets d'art et de haute curiosité composant la célèbre collection de Prince Soltykoff (Paris, 1861), no. 698, as by Xanto. [3] Alfred Darcel, "Le moyen age et la renaissance au Trocadéro: XIV: Les faïences italiennes," Gazette des beaux-arts, 2d ser., 18 (1878), 974, mentions a lustered plate with Hero and Leander having been exhibited in the 1878 exhibition, and another plate with "Pyrrhus sauvé," attributed to Xanto, in the collection of "MM. Seillière." These are probably the National Gallery plate and the Metabus and camilla plate at Luton Hoo [Bedfordshire, England, home of the Wernher family collection]. The owner was perhaps Baron Achille Seillière, but neither piece was included in his sale in Paris, 5-10 May 1890.

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