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Seleucus II escaping from his Fleet after it had been wrecked by a Storm: C.87-1961

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Titles

Seleucus II escaping from his Fleet after it had been wrecked by a Storm

Maker(s)

Avelli, Francesco Xanto (Painter)
After Monogrammist I. B. (Printmaker)
After Dente, Marco (Marco da Ravenna) (Printmaker)
After Raimondi, Marcantonio (Printmaker)

Description

Maiolica plate. Painted in polychrome with Seleucus II escaping from his Fleet after it had been wrecked by a Storm.

Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the glaze on the reverse is thin, off-white, and tinged with green. Painted in blue, turquoise-green, yellow, orange, stone, brown, manganese-purple, inky blue-black, black, and white.
Shape 56 but shallower. Circular with a sloping rim and broad, shallow well.
Seleucus II escaping from his Fleet after it had been wrecked by a Storm. On the left, Seleucus, bearing a shield inscribed 'SELEVCO', flees from the shore. In the middle, a man holding an oar and a warrior with a shield stand on a ship with a broken mast. On the right, a man with his back to the viewer stands on a ship, and another lies on the jetty. In the background there are three more ships with storm clouds above. The back is inscribed in the middle in dark blue: '.1533./Della sua Classe sol/Seleuco scampa./Nel .XXVII. libro d Iustino/ Histo:/.f.X.A.R./i Urbino.' (From his fleet only Seleucus escapes.In the 27th book of Justin's History:.Francesco Xanto Avelli da Rovigo in Urbino.). The base is encircled by one yellow band and the rim by two.

Notes

History note: Lieut-Col. Auberon Kennard; Sotheby's, 25 June 1931, Catalogue of two pieces of Henri II ware, fine Italian maiolica, Rhodian and other faience from a few well-known private collections comprising . . . the property of Lieut-Col. Auberon Kennard, 29 Sloane Gardens, S.W. 3., lot 8; Louis C.G. Clarke, LL.D., Leckhampton, Cambridge

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 28.6 cm
Height: 2.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1961-04-27) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray

Dating

Second quarter of 16th century
Renaissance
Production date: AD/CE 1533 : dated

Note

Xanto was a freelance painter, it is not known in which workshop this dish was made. He constructed the scene with figures from three engraved sources. Seleucus was based on a warrior on the left of 'Battle with a Cutlass', by Marco Dente (?) after Raphael or Giulio Romano or perhaps, as the figure is reversed, on the reversed version by Agostino Veneziano. The prone man on the jetty was derived from a figure in the right foreground of the same print. The figure to left of centre was derived from 'Sol' from the 'Gods who preside over the Seven Planets' by the Monogrammist IB, and the man on the right from the 'Martyrdom of St Lawrence' by Marcantonio Raimondi after Baccio Bandinelli.

School or Style

Renaissance

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, turquoise-green, yellow, orange, stone, brown, manganese-purple, inky blue-black, black, and white.)

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the glaze on the reverse is thin, off-white, and tinged with green. Painted in blue, turquoise-green, yellow, orange, stone, brown, manganese-purple, inky blue-black, black, and white.
Tin-glazing

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: .1533./Della sua Classe sol/Seleuco scampa./Nel .XXVII. libro d Iustino/ Histo:/.f.X.A.R./i Urbino.
  • Location: Reverse, in the middle
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in dark blue

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.87-1961
Primary reference Number: 76261
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 24 January 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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