Inscription

center reverse: Sachrifitio d Gre / ci & de lo augurio / d Calcant / In botega d mo Guido / durantino In Urbino [The sacrifice of the Greeks and the prophecy of Calchas. In the workshop of Master Guido Durantino in Urbino]

Marks and Labels

Kann collection labels 22, 192; Seillière sale label: "65"; handwritten label: "30" (now in object folder, NGA Curatorial Records)

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.

Exhibition History
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. 47, repro.
1995
Le dressoir du Prince: Services d'apparat à la Renaissance, Musée national de la Renaissance, Ecouen, France, 1995-1996, no. 30, repro.
Bibliography
1896
Fortnum 1896, 202.
1935
Inventory of the Objects d'Art at Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, The Estate of the Late P.A.B. Widener. Philadelphia, 1935: 65.
1942
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 14, as Urbino (Maestro Guido of Castel Durante), about 1530-1540.
1982
NGA 1982-1983, no. 47, repro.
1983
Wilson, Carolyn C. Renaissance Small Bronze Sculpture and Associated Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1983: 122, no. 5, repro.
1987
Mallet 1987, 297, no. 15.
1987
Newman, Michael. "Le service de majolique d'Anne de Montmorency Connétable de France." L'estampille (Dijon) 204 (June 1987): 61, no. 13.
1988
Bojani, Gian Carlo. Ceramiche nelle Marche. Bergamo, 1988: 130, repro.
1989
Rasmussen Jörg. The Robert Lehman Collection, 10. Italian Majolica. New York and Princeton, 1989: 157, 259, fig. 91.9.
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: 219-222, color repro. 220.
Technical Summary

Earthenware, covered front and back with a white tin glaze, with occasional pockmarks. The painting is in blue, yellow, orange, green, brown, gray, black, brick red, and white. On the underside, around the rim, is a ridged molding. On the rim on the front, near the edge, are three kiln-support marks. The rim has been completely overpainted.