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Wide-rimmed bowl with Perseus and Andromeda

Maker:
Probably "In Castel Durante" Painter (Italian, active Castel Durante, first half of 16th century)
Date:
ca. 1522–25
Culture:
Italian, Urbino or Castel Durante
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 5/8 × 9 1/2 in. (4.1 × 24.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1965
Accession Number:
65.6.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521
At the center of this bowl, Perseus appears with the head of Medusa, whom he has killed. The hero reappears on the bowl'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 this piece 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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