Description The three small marks on the surface of this plate come from the firing process: to maximize space in the kiln, some wares were placed on supports that left blemishes where they came into contact with the plate. This plate was most likely a relatively inexpensive commission; otherwise, the artist would not have allowed the supports to mar the plate. The shield is probably the device of a religious organization.
Provenance Spitzer Collection, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [no. 1050, pl. XXXIII as Faenza]; H. Wencke, Hamburg [date and mode of acquisition unknown] (1893?) (no. 37) (?); Henry Walters, Baltimore, May 7, 1908, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Maker's Mark] In the center, between the footring, in blue, a crossed diamond; [Previous Collection inv. no.] 37
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1908
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