About This Artwork

Italian, Urbino
Francesco Xanto Avelli, active 1530-1542

Plate with Narcissus, Echo, Cupid and Arms of Buoncristiani (?), c. 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.

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

Ownership History

A member of the Buoncristiani family [based on crest on obverse of the plate: see Wilson, 1996, p. 190]. Frédéric Spitzer (b. 1815 - d. 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 (d. 1932), Chicago [according to copy of receipt in curatorial file]; by descent to his widow (d. 1937); bequeathed to the museum.

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