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An Urbino maiolica panel with Aeneas's dream, from the 'Trojan War' series
probably circa 1535
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 97,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
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An Urbino maiolica panel with Aeneas's dream, from the 'Trojan War' series
probably circa 1535
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 97,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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An Urbino maiolica panel with Aeneas's dream, from the 'Trojan War' series
probably circa 1535

painted, probably by Francesco Xanto Avelli with assistance from the painter `Lu Ur', with Aeneas dreaming of the dead Hector and the fall of Troy, two spectral figures and the burning city in the background, the characters captioned, a banner held by Hector inscribed 'Fuggi O pietoso Enea di Dea figliuolo' (Flee, O pious Aeneas, son of a goddess) repaired


30.5cm by 27.6cm (12in by 10 *3/4in)
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Provenance

With Bukowski, Stockholm, 12-13 December 1991, lot 488

Baron Paolo Sprovieri collection

With Alain Moatti, Paris

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.88, pp 203-205, and Fimantiquari anno 2, no.2, pp19-31

Catalogue Note

This plaque is from the Trojan War series, which may possibly pre-date the clearly closely-related Persian series, and which is known in only eight examples; this plaque and three others by Xanto and perhaps the painter 'Lu.Ur.', and four in the Herzog Anton Ulrich museum, Brunswick, which are by Nicola da Urbino or his circle. Johanna Lessmann at that museum has suggested that they may all form part of the same series, split between painters or between workshops; a similar collaboration between Xanto and Nicola seems to have taken place over the service made in 1533 for Federico Gonzaga and Margherita Paleologo

The plaques so far known from this series are all undated, but their closeness in style to the 'Persian History' series of 1536 would indicate a similar date to that series. The presence on one of the plaques of Xanto 's 'phi flourish', a distinctive rebus usually associated with his work of 1528-31, might even suggest an earlier date.

 

While sleeping on a couch under a baldacchino,  Aeneas dreams of the dead Hector, appearing to him while still being dragged behind Achilles' chariot, who warns the young Trojan prince that Troy has fallen and bids him take the sacred statues of the city and flee. Troy already burns in the background.

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