About This Artwork

Francesco Xanto Avelli, active 1530-1542
Italian, Urbino

Plate with Narcissus, Echo, Cupid, about 1530

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)
Diameter: 26.7 cm (10 1/2 in.)
On reverse: P. Narcis' Ecco trasforma_saxo_fabulo

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1937.848

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Publication History

Émile Molinier, La collection Spitzer, vol. 4: Les faiences italiennes, hispano-moresques et orientales (Paris, 1892), p. 33, no. 49.

Joan Prentice von Erdberg and Marvin C. Ross, Catalogue of the Italian Majolica in the Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore, 1952), p. 25, under no. 50.

Jörg Rasmussen, The Robert Lehman Collection. vol. 10, Italian Majolica (New York, 1989), p. 131, under no. 76.

Timothy Wilson, Italian Maiolica of the Renaissance (Milan, 1996), pp. 188, 190.

Ownership History

Frédéric Spitzer (died 1890), Paris; his sale, Paris, Chevallier and Mannheim, April 17 - June 16, 1893, see Molinier 1892, p. 33, no. 49; acquired by Durand-Ruel as agent for Martin A. Ryerson [according to copy of receipt in curatorial file]; Martin A. Ryerson, Chicago (d. 1932); by descent to his widow (d. 1937); bequeathed to the museum, 1937.

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