Provenance

Adrien-Joseph Rattier, Paris (sale, Paris, 21-24 March 1859, no. 17).[1] Octavius Coope, Brentwood, Essex; (his estate sale, sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 3-5 May 1910, no. 35);[2] (Duveen Brothers, London), for 3700 guineas; purchased February 1912 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.

Exhibition History
1862
Special Exhibition of Works of Art of the Medieval, Renaissance, and More Recent Periods on Loan at the South Kensington Museum, South Kensington Museum, London, 1862, no. 5164, repro. Rev. ed. 1863.
1982
Sixteenth-Century Italian Maiolica; Selections from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection and the National Gallery of Art's Widener Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1982-1983, no. 6, repro.
1994
Fanciful Flourishes: Ornament in European Graphic Art and Related Objects, 1300-1800, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994, brochure, no. 43, as Plate with border of grotesques.
Bibliography
1862
South Kensington 1862, no. 5164, repro.
1935
Inventory of the Objects d'Art at Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, The Estate of the Late P.A.B. Widener. Philadelphia, 1935: 53, as Siena (Maestro Benedetto), c. 1500.
1942
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 12, as Siena (Maestro Benedetto), about 1500.
1982
NGA 1982-1983, no. 6, repro.
1983
Wilson, Carolyn C. Renaissance Small Bronze Sculpture and Associated Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1983: 117, no. 2, repro., as Siena, c. 1510.
1993
Distelberger, Rudolf, Alison Luchs, Philippe Verdier, and Timonthy H. Wilson. Western Decorative Arts, Part I: Medieval, Renaissance, and Historicizing Styles including Metalwork, Enamels, and Ceramics. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1993: 122-125, color repro. 123.
Technical Summary

Earthenware, covered front and back with a glossy white tin glaze, which has bubbled near the rim on the reverse. Painted in orange, blue, yellow, white, green, and purple. On the sides of the well are three kiln-support marks. There is minor wear and chipping and some overpaint, to the edge. A crack from four o'clock to the center has been slightly overpainted and filled at the edge.