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Provenance

A photograph of c. 1862 in the photographic archive of the Victoria and Albert Museum, neg. 3600, shows that the dish was at that time in the collection of Alexander Barker. Mrs. Benzon, in 1876.[1] "Mr. Natorp," by 1887. Sir Frances Beaufort Palmer, London, by 1910.[2] ("Goldschmidt");[3] purchased February 1913 by Peter A.B. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; inheritance from Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park; gift 1942 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1876
Art Treasures of North Wales and the Border Counties, Wrexham, 1876.
1887
Catalogue of Specimens of Hispano-Moresque and Majolica Pottery, Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 1887, no. 292.
1910
Catalogue of A Collection of Pictures Including Examples of the Works of the Brothers Le Nain and Other Works of Art, Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 1910, 48.
1982
Sixtenth-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. 40.
Bibliography
1887
Catalogue of Specimens of Hispano-Moresque and Majolica Pottery. Exh. cat. Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 1887: no. 292.
1910
Catalogue of A Collection of Pictures Including Examples of the Works of the Brothers Le Nain and Other Works of Art. Exh. cat. Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 1910: 48.
1935
Inventory of the Objects d'Art at Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, The Estate of the Late P.A.B. Widener. Philadelphia, 1935: 63, as Urbino, with Gubbio luster, c. 1540.
1938
Hind, Arthur M. Early Italian Engraving. 7 vols. London, 1938-1948: 1:232.
1942
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 12, as Urbino, with Gubbio luster, about 1540.
1982
NGA 1982-1983, no. 40.
1983
Wilson, Carolyn C. Renaissance Small Bronze Sculpture and Associated Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1983: 119, no. 3, as Gubbio, c. 1525/1535.
1986
Watson 1986, 34.
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: 189-190, repro. 189.
Technical Summary

Earthenware, covered front and back with a pinkish white glaze, slightly pitted on the back. The painting is in blue, green, yellow, orange brown, gray, near black, and white, with golden-brown and red luster. The dish has been broken and restored with very extensive overpaint front and back, especially down the tree trunk on the left, along the lower center, and at the edge at three o'clock. The rim is almost entirely repainted. The luster is worn. No kiln-support marks are visible; they are probably covered by restorations.