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center right on banner: SELE / VCO (Seleucus); upper center, shield of arms: Argent, a moor's head proper wearing a headband argent charged with three hammers sable; behind the shield, an "ombrellino"; reverse: 1532 / La Classe di Seleuco i / mar'sommersa / Nel XXVII Libro d Iustino Histo: / fra: Xanto A / da Rouigo, i / Urbino (The fleet of Seleucus, submerged in the sea, in the 27th book of Justin's History, Francesco Xanto Avelli of Rovigo, in Urbino); reverse near rim, scratched into glaze, Fountaine inventory number: af 84


Ralph Bernal [1783 or 1784-1854], London; (his estate sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, at Bernal residence, London, 5 March-30 April 1855, 32 days, 15th day [22 March], no. 1738); Andrew Fountaine, Esq [1801/1808-1874], Narford Hall, near King's Lynn, Norfolk;[1] by descent in the Fountaine family; (Fountaine sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London,16-19 June 1884, 1st day, no. 40);[2] Oskar Hainauer [1840-1894], Berlin;[3] by inheritance to his widow, Julie Hainauer [1850-1926], Berlin; purchased 1906 with the entire Hainauer collection by (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London, New York, and Paris); sold 17 October 1906 to William Andrews Clark [1839-1925], New York;[4] bequest 1926 to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; acquired 2014 by the National Gallery of Art.

Exhibition History

Marvels of Maiolica: Italian Renaissance Ceramics from the Corcoran Gallery of Art Collection, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie; Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida; Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh; Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids; Hillstrom Museum of Art, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota; Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, 9 April 2004 - 18 June 2006, no. 19.
Treasures of European Decorative Art and Sculpture, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 25 August 2007 - 29 March 2009, no catalogue.
Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints into Maiolica and Bronze, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2018


Bode, Wilhelm von, ed. Die Sammlung Oscar Hainauer / The Collection of Oscar Hainauer. [bound as one volume, English and German pages interleaved in one page sequence] Berlin, 1897 and London, 1906: 116, no. 339 (M59).
Carroll, Dana H. Catalogue of Objects of Fine Art and Other Properties at the Home of William Andrews Clark, 962 Fifth Avenue. Part II. Unpublished manuscript, n.d. (1925): 261, no. 59.
Breckenridge, James D. "Italian Maiolica in the W.A. Clark Collection." The Corcoran Gallery of Art Bulletin 7, no. 3 (April 1955): no. 80.
Von Erdberg, Joan Prentice. "Italian Maiolica at the Corcoran Gallery of Art." The Burlington Magazine 97, no. 624 (March 1955): 74.
Watson, Wendy M. Italian Renaissance Maiolica from the William A. Clark Collection. Exh. cat. (11 venues). London and Washington, 1986: 132-135, no. 52, repro.
Andrew Moore, "The Fountaine Collection of Maiolica," The Burlington Magazine 130, no. 1023 (June 1988): 444, identified by the Corcoran accession number 26.361.

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