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A documentary urbino maiolica panel with Demaratus warning Sparta
circa 1536, signed Lu.Ur.
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 115,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
2
A documentary urbino maiolica panel with Demaratus warning Sparta
circa 1536, signed Lu.Ur.
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 115,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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A documentary urbino maiolica panel with Demaratus warning Sparta
circa 1536, signed Lu.Ur.
painted by Lu.Ur., signed, and probably with the collabration of Francesco Xanto Avelli, with scenes from the betrayal of Xerxes by Demaratus, showing Demaratus writing upon a tablet, captioned D.R.L. (for Demaratus Rex Lacedaemon), then giving the waxed tablets to a messenger, and the messenger setting off for distant Sparta, a pillar to the right inscribed 'Lu. Ur.' and 'no.31' ( repaired)
30.4 by 27.6 cm (12in by 10*3/4in)
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Provenance

with Bukowski, Stockholm, 12-13th December 1991, lot 489

Baron Sprovieri collection

Private collection, Brescia

Exhibited

La Via della Ceramica tra Umbria e Marche, Gubbio, Palazzo Ducale, June 2010

Literature

Wilson, Timothy, Italian Maiolica of the Renaissance, no.91, pp.212-214; and Fimantiquari, anno 2, no.2, pp.19-31

Catalogue Note

"The Persian series, together with the slightly earlier but less elaborate series depicting the fall of Troy...is the earliest known sytematic treatment on maiolica of ancient history.." (Timothy Wilson)

This series, typical of the projects of Xanto in its literary conception and its ambition, originally comprised at least thirty-nine panels, some signed by Xanto and some dated 1536. It is clear that  Xanto had some assistance in its creation, perhaps from several painters, but at least from the mysterious painter 'Lu.Ur.'.

This painter, presumably Luca da Urbino, usually signed with a simple 'L', but uniquely, signs 'Lu:Ur:' on this documentary plaque.

For a further full discussion of this painter , see Timothy Wilson, Fimantiquari 2, 1993

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