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A documentary Urbino maiolica panel with Gobrius and Darius from the 'Persian History' Series
circa 1536, signed,
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 223,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
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A documentary Urbino maiolica panel with Gobrius and Darius from the 'Persian History' Series
circa 1536, signed,
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 223,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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A documentary Urbino maiolica panel with Gobrius and Darius from the 'Persian History' Series
circa 1536, signed,
painted by Francesco Xanto Avelli, signed with initials and perhaps with assistance from the painter 'Lu Ur', with scenes from the story of the Capture of Babylon, showing Zopyrus ('Gobrio') first having his face mutilated, then in audience with King Darius, then setting off for distant Babylon, the characters captioned, a step inscribed F.X.R. for Francesco Xanto da Rovigo, a pillar inscribed 'no.26', and another inscribed Rivela Gobrio sua i[n]te[n]tione a Dario. IUst[in] hist: i[n] lib.I d. bellis externis (Zopyrus reveals his plans to Darius. Justin the historian in Book I of De Bellis Externis), some repair
30.4cm by 27.2cm m(12in by 10*3/4in)
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Provenance

With Bukowski, Stockholm, 12-13th December 1991, lot 487

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.90, pp.209-210, and Fimantiquari anno 2 no.2, pp.19-31

Catalogue Note

This painter, presumably Luca da Urbino, usually signed with a simple 'L', but signs 'Lu:Ur:' on another plaque in this series (see lot 2); for a further discussion of this painter , see Timothy Wilson, Fimantiquari 2, 1993

Following the loss of the City of Babylon to the Assyrians, Zopyrus went to Darius, whom he had helped to install as King of the Persians, with a plan.  He had his face deliberately mutilated, and King Darius expelled him into exile. Zopyrus then went to Babylon as a refugee, where his bona fides were accepted because of his dreadful injuries and he was placed at the head of the Babylonian armies. He then handed over the army and the city to King Darius.

 

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