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Plate with Perseus and Andromeda

Probably "In Castel Durante" Painter (Italian, active Castel Durante, first half of 16th century)
ca. 1522–25
Italian, Urbino or Castel Durante
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Overall: 1 5/8 × 9 1/2 in. (4.1 × 24.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1965
Accession Number:
Not on view
At the center of this plate, Perseus appears with the head of Medusa, whom he has killed. The hero reappears on the plate’s rim, arriving on a puff of cloud to free Andromeda from the sea monster Cetus, who holds her captive. The scenes themselves are discreet and sequential: in mythology separated by time, and on the dish set apart by a white border. The landscape, however, flows continuously from one image into the next.
Inscription: Incised into glaze on underside: af [Fountaine inventory mark] 47

Stickers on underside: [1] C 1950; [2] 85.
probably Sir Andrew Fountaine (until d. 1753; to his heirs) no. 328); by descent, heirs of Sir Andrew Fountaine , Narford Hall, Norfolk (1753–1884; sale, Fountaine collection, Christie's, London, June 16–19, 1884, no. 328; sold for £110 plus premium to T. M. Whitehead); Octavius E. Coope , Brentwood, Essex (until 1910; his sale, Christie's, London, May 3–5, 1910, no. 22; sold for £500 plus premium to Harding, probably George Harding, London); Walter von Pannwitz , Berlin (until d. 1920) ; [ Rosenberg & Stiebel , New York, until 1965; one of fourteen maiolica pieces given by the dealers to MMA in exchange for a group of eighteenth-century boxes and dance cards (carnets de bal) from the Morgan collection]
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