Painted by Fra Xanto Avelli da Rovigo (ca. 1486–1582)
Italian, Urbino (lustred in Gubbio)
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Diam. 11-1/4 in. (28.6 cm)
Gift of V. Everit Macy, in memory of his wife, Edith Carpenter Macy, 1927
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 503
Cephalus unwittingly killed his wife, Procris, when he threw his spear on hearing a mysterious noise in the forest.
Signature: On back, after inscription: ".fra(n) Xanto. A./ Rovigiese i(n) Urbino."
Inscription: On back: ".1533/ l'inaveduto Cephal/ procri uccide./ Nel VII. libro d(e) Ouidio Met:" (trans.: The careless Cephalus kills Procris. From the seventh book of Ovid's Metamorphoses.)
Bernal ; Sir Andrew Fountaine , Narford Hall (until 1884; Andrew Fountaine collection sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, June 16–19, 1884, no. 324); Charles Testart (until 1924; sale, Catalogue des faiences italiennes... composant la collection de Feu m. Charles Testart, June 24–25, 1924, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, no. 25; to Seligmann); [ Germain Seligman (in 1924) ] ; V. Everit Macy (until 1927; to MMA)