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Oval basin or dish with subject from Amadis of Gaul

Artist:
Workshop of Orazio Fontana (Italian, Urbino, ca. 1510–1576)
Date:
ca. 1559–64
Culture:
Italian, Urbino or possibly Turin
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 2 3/8 × 26 1/2 × 20 5/8 in. (6 × 67.3 × 52.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.190.110
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on back, in Spanish: (at center) El Donzel haze batalla con / el / Rey Abies • / •XXII• [number partly overwritten] [trans.: The Child battles with King Abies. 22]; (at upper right) El Donzel haze batalla con el / Rey Abies • / •XXIII• [trans.: The Child battles with King Abies. 23]; (at upper left) Mientras bolvia el Donzel a la / Ciudad la Donzella de Denemarca / le da la Carta de su sennora • / •XXIIII• [trans.: While the Child of the Sea returns to the City, the lady of Denmark gives him her mistress’s letter. 24]; (at lower left) El Donzel da su Anillo a Meliçia / ablando con ella • / •XXV• [trans.: Amadis, talking with Melicia, gives his ring to her. 25]; (at lower right) El Rey Perion y la Reyna Elisena / estan mirando la Espada del Don / zel q[ue] duerme • / •XXVI• [trans.: King Perion and Queen Elisena marvel at the Child’s sword while he sleeps. 26]

Marking: Unmarked
Spanish Royal Collections , Escorial ; Baron de Monville, possibly Hippolyte Boissel, Baron de Monville , Paris (until 1837; his sale, 7, rue de Las Cases, Paris, March 7–10, 1837, no. 15; sold for 4,650 francs); Sir Anthony de Rothschild , London (by 1862) ; George and Florence Blumenthal , Paris and New York (by 1926–her d. 1930) ; George Blumenthal (1930–d. 1941; bequeathed to MMA)
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