Bowl from a birth set with birth scene and Diana and Actaeon, Perhaps the "Milan Marsyas" Painter, Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), Italian, Urbino

Bowl from a birth set with birth scene and Diana and Actaeon

Perhaps the "Milan Marsyas" Painter
In collaboration with Fra Xanto Avelli da Rovigo (ca. 1486–1582)
ca. 1530–32
Italian, Urbino
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Overall: 3 3/4 × 7 1/8 in. (9.5 × 18.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Samuel D. Lee Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
Not on view
This footed bowl originally formed the base of a birth set—a series of nesting bowls and dishes celebrating childbirth. Only when the set was disassembled would the domestic image on its interior be revealed. Here, a new mother appears in her bedchamber together with her infant and two companions. The exterior decoration depicts the unfortunate hunter Actaeon, who was turned into a stag by the goddess Diana.
Inscription: Paster: Annexe 149
Baron Gustave de Rothschild , Paris (by 1865–d. 1911) ; by descent to his grandson, Baron Henri Lambert , Brussels (until d. 1933; to his widow, Baroness Johanna Lambert); Baroness Johanna Lambert , New York (1933–41; sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, March 7, 1941, no. 71; sold for $230 to MMA)