Escutcheon of the Arte della Lanna

Italian (Florence)
Medieval (Gothic)
late 14th century
Maker Unidentified


Object Place: Europe, Florence, Italy

Dimensions

11.8 x 7.1 cm (4 5/8 x 2 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

49.489

Medium or Technique

Champlevé enamel and gilding on copper

On View

I. W. Colburn Chapel Gallery (Gallery 254A)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Enamels

Convex shield with an attachment hole at the top. Hammered, champlevé, engraved, enameled, and gilded. Enamel colors are lapis blue and red. Against a lapis-blue ground, the Lamb of Christ is in reserve and engraved. He has red enameled feet and ears and holds a staff surmounted by a cross, with a banner displaying a red cross. Arranged horizontally across the top are four gilded fleurs-de-lis within red niches.

Provenance

By 1915, Ercole Canessa, Naples [see note 1]; August 20, 1929, sold by Canessa to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P6556); May 14, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 715, to the MFA for $100. (Accession Date: May 12, 1949)

NOTES:
[1] See "Canessa's Collection Catalogue," (Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, 1915), cat. no. 160. Ercole Canessa was a dealer and exporter of Italian art works and antiques, based in Naples, Paris and New York.

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund