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image of Broad-rimmed bowl with the sacrifice of the Greeks at Aulis and the omen of the serpent devouring nine birds, interpreted by the priest Calchas; arms of Anne de Montmorency Workshop of Guido Durantino of Urbino
Anonymous Artist (ceramist)
Guido Durantino of Urbino (related artist)
Italian, active 1520 - 1576
Broad-rimmed bowl with the sacrifice of the Greeks at Aulis and the omen of the serpent devouring nine birds, interpreted by the priest Calchas; arms of Anne de Montmorency, 1535
tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)
overall (diameter): 25.6 cm (10 1/16 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.346
On View
From the Tour: Italian Renaissance Ceramics
Object 20 of 25

Provenance

Presumably made for Anne de Montmorency [d. 1567].[1] Perhaps in the collection of Pierre Crozat the Younger [1661-1740], Paris; by inheritance to his nephew, Louis-François Crozat, marquis du Châtel [1691-1750], Paris; (sale, Paris, 14 December 1750).[2] Probably De Monville; probably (his sale, Paris, 7-10 March 1837, no. 23).[3] Baron Achille Seillière, Château de Mello (Oise); (sale, Paris, 5-10 May 1890, no. 65).[4] Maurice Kann [1839-1906], Paris, by 1896;[5] purchased 1908 as part of the Kann collection by (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London, New York, and Paris); 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] The arms decorating the bowl are a slightly inaccurate rendering (the cross should not be couped) of those of Anne de Montmorency [1493-1567], Grand Maître and later Constable of France.

[2] Description sommaire des statues, figures, bustes, vases...provenans du Cabinet de feu M. Crozat (Paris, 14 December 1750 and following days), 43-45: "Faïences faites en Italie au commencement du seizième siècle par Guido Durantino de la ville d'Urbin...Quelques unes de celles qu'on voit ici ont été faites pour les seigneurs de l'illustre maison de Montmorency." There is no specific indication of the pieces that were from the Montmorency set, but nos. 209-212 were eighteen assiettes, which may have included most or all of the plates listed above.

[3] Catalogue d'objets d'art et de curiosité de la renaissance ...composant la collection de M. De Monville (Paris, 7-10 March 1837), no. 23, probably this piece (plat rond à sujet: le serpent d'aerain; avec écusson aux armes de Montmorency).

[4] Catalogue des objets d'art et de haute curiosité et de riche ameublement provenant de l'importante collection de feu M. le Baron Achille Seillière au Château de Mello (Paris, 5-10 May 1890), no. 65.

[5] Fortnum 1896, 202.

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