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Kann collection labels 5, 202


Frédéric Spitzer [1815-1890], Paris; (his estate sale, at his residence by Chevallier and Mannheim, Paris, 17 April-16 June 1893, no. 1052, as Gaenza [Casa Pirota], sold for 7000 francs). Maurice Kann [1839-1906], Paris, by 1896;[1] purchased 1908 with the entire Kann collection by (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London, New York, and Paris); purchased February 1910 by Peter A.B. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania;[2] inheritance from the Estate of Peter A B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, 1942.

Exhibition History

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. 5.

Technical Summary

Earthenware, covered front and back with a pinkish white tin glaze. The
painting is in blue, orange, yellow, pale green, and white. There are three
kiln-spur marks on the edge of the central roundel. The glaze is cracked on the
back. A crack from the edge between nine and ten o'clock to the center has been
repaired and overpainted. There are some rim chips.


Molinier 1892, 4: no. 17, pl. 6, as Faenza (Casa Pirota), c. 1520.
Fortnum 1896, "Marks," 96, no. 307 (mentioned and attributed to Faenza).
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. 1510.
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 1510.
Wilson, Carolyn C. Renaissance Small Bronze Sculpture and Associated Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1983: 117, no. 3, as Faenza, c. 1520.
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: 126-128, repro. 127.

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