Escutcheon of the Arte della Lanna
late 14th century
Object Place: Europe, Florence, Italy
11.8 x 7.1 cm (4 5/8 x 2 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Champlevé enamel and gilding on copper
I. W. Colburn Chapel Gallery (Gallery 254A)
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.
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)
 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.
William Francis Warden Fund