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Kann collection labels 12, 181


Maurice Kann [1839-1906], Paris;[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; 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. 21, repro.
Iraq and China: Ceramics, Trade, and Innovation, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C., 2004-2005, no cat.

Technical Summary

Earthenware, covered on the front with a white tin glaze and on the back with a pock-marked semitranslucent yellowish brown glaze overlying spots of tin glaze. The painting is in blue, with luster varying in color from yellow to pinkish gold. In the foot ring are two holes for suspension, made before firing, placed so that the dish hangs slightly askew from them. On the reverse are six kiln scars, three near the edge and three on the curving sides of the well. A crack runs down the dish from one o'clock toward seven o'clock. There is some wear and chipping on the outer and inner edges of the rim.


Inventory of the Objects d'Art at Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, The Estate of the Late P.A.B. Widener. Philadelphia, 1935: 55, as Deruta, c. 1520.
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.
Wilson, Carolyn C. Renaissance Small Bronze Sculpture and Associated Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1983: 124, no. 1, as Deruta, first third of sixteenth century.
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: 140-141, color repro. 141.

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