about 1480

Object Place: Europe, Italy

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware

Not On View





Plate portrait in center, scroll inscribed “Meme(n)to” behind. Decorated in deep blue, ochre and green with wide gorder of eight conjoined medallions of formalized tulips between bands of lozenge lattice design. Reverse has concentric Roman-striped bands


1899, Stefano Bardini (b. 1836 - d. 1922), Florence; June 5, 1899, Bardini sale, Christie's, London, lot 25. By 1913, Sigismond Bardac, Paris [see note 1]; by 1917, sold by Bardac to Mortimer L. Schiff (b. 1877 - d. 1931), New York [see note 2]; May 4, 1946, posthumous Schiff sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, lot 48, to French and Company, New York, for $500; sold by French and Co. to the MFA for $550. (Accession Date: September 12, 1946)

[1] Henri Leman, Collection Sigismond Bardac: Faiences Italiennes du XVe siècle (Paris, 1913), cat. no. 7. [2] Schiff purchased nearly the entire Bardac collection of majolica. He lent this plate to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, as early as 1917. See Seymour de Ricci, A Catalogue of Early Italian Majolica (New York, 1927), preface (n. p.) and the 1946 Schiff collection sale catalogue.

Credit Line

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund