Italian (Siena)
about 1510

Object Place: Europe, Siena, Italy


Diameter: 10 3/4 in., height: 1 1/2 in.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

On View

Italian Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 206)





Arms in the center surmounted by a cardinal’s (or bishop’s?) hat and scroll inscribed “Dominus Illuminatio Mea” in blue. Band of bianco sopra bianco on curved sides of well. Flat rim decorated with orange ground, with bearded and winged masks, scrolls, tridents, and other devices in blue and white. Dark blue edge. Petaled and lined designs in blue and orange on back.


Dominus Illuminatio Mea


Possibly Matthew Uzielli (b. 1805 - d. 1860), London; April 12-20, 1861, possibly posthumous Uzielli sale, Christie, Manson, and Woods, London, lot 109 [see note 1]. Baron Gustave de Rothschild (b. 1829 - d. 1911); by descent to his grandson, Baron Henri de Lambert (b. 1887 - d. 1933) and his wife, Baroness Johanna von Reininghaus de Lambert (b. 1899 - d. 1960), Brussels and New York; March 7, 1941, Baroness Lambert sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, lot 86. 1945, Raphael Stora, New York; 1945, sold by Stora to the MFA for $1100. (Accession Date: April 12, 1945)

[1] A plate included in the Uzielli sale does match the description of that at the MFA; however, it is not certain whether it is the same object, or another plate from the same table service.

Credit Line

H. E. Bolles Fund