The One

The One

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Property from a Swiss Private Collection

Francesco Xanto Avelli (Rovigo circa 1487 - circa 1542 Urbino)

Orpheus descending into Hell pleading his case to Pluto and Proserpina

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February 2, 03:31 PM GMT

Estimate

80,000 - 120,000 USD

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Property from a Swiss Private Collection

Francesco Xanto Avelli (Rovigo circa 1487 - circa 1542 Urbino)

Urbino, circa 1528

Depicting Orpheus descending into Hell pleading his case to Pluto and Proserpina


shallow bowl

tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

diameter: 10 ½ in.; 26.7 cm.


Orpheus stands dressed in a blue tunic, playing the lira da braccio before Pluto, god of the Underworld, and his wife Proserpina, attempting to obtain permission to bring Eurydice, his wife who died on their wedding day, back to earth. Eurydice sits behind Proserpina who seems to block Eurydice with her arm. On the far right, amidst the rocky outcropping, there are two figures of Eumenides (mythological female deities of vengeance) with serpents for hair. These infernal goddesses are moved by the song of Orpheus. A fantastic monster stands on the rocks to the left coaxing Orpheus into hell. The whole is brightly painted on a matt black background. The reverse is painted in blue with a central inscription followed by the letter “y” for Francesco Xanto Avelli: Orpheo sceso nel’Inferno y.

Probably Prince Alexei Soltykoff (1806-1859);

Probably Baron Achille Seillière, Château de Mello (Seillière purchased the entire Soltykoff collection);

His sale, Galerie Charles Petit, Paris, 5-10 May 1890, lot 72;

Where acquired by Jules Egger;

Probably Jules Sambon, until at least 1908;

Sylvia Phyllis Adams;

Her sale, Bonhams London , 22 May 1996, lot 140;

Where acquired by the present collector.

Catalogue des objets d'art de haute curiosité et de riche ameublement provenant de l'importante collection de feu M. le Baron Achille Seillière au château de Mello, Paris, Galerie Charles Petit, 5 - 10 May 1890, no. 72;

Exposition théâtrale, April - October 1908, Catalog Central Union of Decorative Arts,, Pavillon de Marsan, Palais du Louvre, Paris, Librairie centrale des Beaux-Arts, 1908, no. 859;

Catalog of Antiquities, Paris, 1 - 8 May 1911, no. 1215;

J. Triolo, The Armorial Maiolica of Francesco Xanto Avelli, doctoral thesis, Pennsylvania State University, 1996, no. 3A.161.1

Paris, Exposition théâtrale, Paris, Union centrale des arts décoratifs, Palais du Louvre, April - October 1908, no. 859 (loaned by Jules Sambon).