The Burning of Troy, between 1570 and 1574

  • Fontana Workshop, Italian, 1500-1700

Tin-glazed earthenware with polychrome decoration

  • Framed: Overall: 3 3/16 × 18 1/4 inches diameter (8.1 × 46.4 cm)

Founders Society Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kanzler in memory of Mrs. William Clay

61.168

On View

  • European: Medieval and Renaissance W231

Department

European Sculpture and Dec Arts

  • Polychromy
  • Tin glaze
  • Ceramic
  • Earthenware
  • Tableware
  • Maiolica
  • Figures (representations)
  • Pope
  • Dish
  • Urbino
  • Aeneid

Signed, Marks, Inscriptions

Marks, on bottom: [faded marks in grey or brown] Marks, on bottom: 61.168

Inscribed, on bottom in underglaze blue: G.V.V.D. | Munus .F. Andrea | Volaterrano . | L'incendio de Troia : [translated: The gift of Guido Ubaldo, Duke of Urbino, to Brother Andrea of Volterra. The Burning of Troy]

Provenance

Guidobaldo, Duke of Urbino; gift to Fra Andrea Ghetti da Volterra; by 1844, Geremia Delsette (Bologna, Italy); by 1857, Alexander Barker (London, England); Baron Gustave Rothschild (Paris, France); acquired by his grandson, Baron Lambert; Baroness Lambert (New York, New York, USA); 1941, Rothschild-Lambert sale, lot 127. (French and Co., New York, New York, USA); 1961-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Published References

Pryor, J. "A Gift of Maiolica Ware." Bulletin of the DIA 41, no. 1 (1961): pp. 13-15, p. 16 (ill.). Wethey, A. "A Historiated Majolica Serving Platter" Bulletin of the DIA 58, no. 1, 1980, pp. 37-42, p. 36 (ill.). Wilson, Timothy. "La maiolica a Castel Durante e ad Urbino fra il 1535 e il 1565: alcuni corredi stemmati." In I Della Rovere nell'Italia delle corti, vol. 4, Arte della maiolica, ed. Gian Carlo Bojani. Urbino, 2002, pp. 125-127 (ill.), 151. Bulletin of the DIA 87, no. 1/4: Italian Renaissance and Later Ceramics (2013): no. 18.

Rights Status

Fontana Workshop, The Burning of Troy, between 1570 and 1574, tin-glazed earthenware with polychrome decoration. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kanzler in memory of Mrs. William Clay, 61.168.