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Inscription

on scroll in front of the woman's face: CONFERMA / FE [or possibly TE or LE]

Marks and Labels

Kann collection labels 10, 179; square, 19th century printed label: 337, from an unidentified collections or sale

Provenance

Eugène Piot [1812-1890], Paris; (his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 21-24 May 1890, no. 337).[1] Maurice Kann, Paris; (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York), 1908, as part of the Kann collection; purchased February 1910 by Peter A.B. Widener, Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; inheritance from Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; gift 1942 to NGA.

Bibliography
1935
Inventory of the Objects d'Art at Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, The Estate of the Late P.A.B. Widener. Philadelphia, 1935: 56-57, as Deruta, c. 1520.
1942
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 12, as Deruta, about 1520.
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: 155-156, repro. 155.
Technical Summary

Earthenware, covered on the front and edge with a white tin glaze and on the back with a semitranslucent brownish glaze. The painting is in blue, with uneven yellowish brown luster. The dish has warped slightly in the kiln. In the foot ring are two holes for suspension, made before firing, placed so that the dish hangs correctly from them. There are kiln scars on the back and edge. A crack runs from eight o'clock toward the center. There is wear and chipping on the outer and inner edges of the rim, and some scratching of the glaze.