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19th century handwritten label reading "Armoiries 11" [likely transferred from a different piece]; Spitzer sale labels


Frédéric Spitzer [1815-1890], Paris; (his estate sale, at his residence by Chevallier and Mannheim, Paris, 17 April-16 June 1893, no. 1192, as Gubbio, sold for 5950 francs). Maurice Kann [1839-1906], Paris; 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;[1] inheritance from the Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, 1942.

Technical Summary

Earthenware, covered front and back with a pinkish white tin glaze. The painting is in blue and slightly bubbled green, with golden-brown and red luster. The sides of the well on the front are stained orange-red by diffusion of the luster. On the reverse near the edge are depressions made by the potter's fingers. One small kiln-support mark is visible on the front near the edge. There is wear and chipping to the inner and outer edges of the rim.


Molinier 1892, no. 155, repro., as Gubbio, end of fifteenth century.
Inventory of the Objects d'Art at Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, The Estate of the Late P.A.B. Widener. Philadelphia, 1935: 58, as Gubbio, under Deruta influence, c. 1510.
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 13, as Gubbio, under Deruta influence, about 1510.
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: 161-162, repro. 161.

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