Fire screen

dated 1540


Overall: 144.8 x 135.3 x 29.2 cm (57 x 53 1/4 x 11 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; iron

Not On View





Two uprights, with cross piece above and below, ending in pot holders. Bases and cross pieces engraved with lines. A bracket hinged to center of upper one which is inscribed - “hoc opu [ [inscription] ] fecit Magister [ ] sius Labangha de Wiria AD 1540”


By about 1906, Ridolfo Peruzzi de' Medici (b. 1883), Florence; April 23-May 1, 1914 (sale originally scheduled for April 16-24), Peruzzi de' Medici sale, Villino Volpi at the Piazza Torino, Florence, lot 267, sold, probably to Fernand Lair-Dubreuil (b. 1867 - d. 1931), Paris on behalf of John Templeman Coolidge (b. 1856 - d. 1945), Boston, for the MFA [see note]. (Accession Date: July 2, 1914)

NOTE: Notes in the MFA curatorial files state that the fire screen had been bought "of Mr. Lair Dubrenik, Paris," probably Fernand Lair-Dubreuil, an auctioneer of Paris. Notes elsewhere record that it had been "purchased of E. Volpi," a reference to Elia Volpi who held the 1914 sale. The MFA purchase price is recorded as $427.18.

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund