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center reverse: 1538 / Leandro in mare / etera ale finestra [Leander in the sea and Hero at the window]

Marks and Labels

Kann collection labels 19, 189; octagonal label for an unidentified sale, exhibition, or collection: "2147"; in an old photograph, the number "2(or 0)070" appears painted on the underside of the rim (now in object folder, NGA Curatorial Records)


Louis-Fidel Debruge Duménil [d. 1838], Paris; (Debruge-Dumenil sale, Paris, 23 January-9 February and 4-12 March 1850, no. 1146). Prince Petr Soltykoff [c. 1801-1889], Paris; (his sale, Paris, 8 April-1 May 1861, no. 698, as by Xanto). (Roussel, Paris). Perhaps Baron Achille Seillière [1813-1873], Paris, and Chateau de Mello.[1] Maurice Kann [1839-1906], Paris; purchased 1908 with the entire Kann collection by (Duveen Brothers Inc., London, Paris, and New York); 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. 53.
Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints into Maiolica and Bronze, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2018

Technical Summary

Earthenware, covered front and back with a speckled off-white tin glaze. The painting is in blue, green, gray, black, brown, and white, with red and golden-brown luster. There are five kiln-spur marks on the front near the edge. The outer edge of the rim is severely chipped, and there is some chipping on the inner edge.


Labarte, J. Description des objets d'art qui composent la collection Debruge Duménil. Paris, 1847: no. 1146.
Inventory of the Objects d'Art at Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, The Estate of the Late P.A.B. Widener. Philadelphia, 1935: 62.
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 13, as Urbino (Francesco Xanto Avelli da Rovigo).
Wilson, Carolyn C. Renaissance Small Bronze Sculpture and Associated Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1983: 123, no. 1.
Fiocco/Gherardi 1988-1989, 2:580.
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: 210-214, color repro. 211.

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