Escutcheon of the Arte della Lanna

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

Object Place: Europe, Florence, Italy


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Champlevé enamel and gilding on copper

On View

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)

[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