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lower center engraved epigraphy on base of throne, the 9 in subscript, the AE in monogram: FLAVIVS.CICO / L9 [Cicorum].MAEVANAS. / 1552 (Flavio Cicoro[?] of Maivana[?], 1552)[1]

Inscription Notes

[1] The curious character that begins the second line of this inscription is actually a standard "chancery abbreviation" for the syllable "-RUM:" (Adriano Cappelli, Dizionario de abbreviature, Milan, 1961: xxiv, no. 6).

Marks and Labels

Reverse formerly bore previous inventory numbers 124 in red paint (Dreyfus) and 165 in yellow paint (Molinier 1931); numerals removed in 1982 cleaning.


Gustave Dreyfus [1837-1914], Paris; his estate; purchased 1930 by (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); purchased 1945 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1957 to NGA.


Ricci, Seymour de. The Gustave Dreyfus Collection. Reliefs and Plaquettes. Oxford, 1931. vol.II, 165.
National Gallery of Art. Renaissance Bronzes: Statuettes, Reliefs and Plaquettes, Medals and Coins from the Kress Collection. Introduction by Perry B. Cott. Washington, 1951: 151.
Pope-Hennessy, John W. Renaissance Bronzes from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Reliefs, Plaquettes, Statuettes, Utensils and Mortars. London, 1965: 45, no. 143, fig. 182.
Wilson, Carolyn C. Renaissance Small Bronze Sculpture and Associated Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1983: 106, no. 5.
Lewis, Douglas. "The Plaquettes of 'Moderno' and His Followers." Studies in the History of Art 22 (1989): 129, repro.
Avery, Charles, Marzia Ratti, and Angela Acordon, eds. Sculture: bronzetti, placchette, medaglie. Museo Civico Amedeo Lia, La Spezia. [Cinisello Balsamo], 1998: 266-267, no. 187.
Leino, Marika. Fashion, Devotion and Contemplation: The Status and Functions of Italian Renaissance Plaquettes. Oxford, 2013: 172, 173 fig. 107, as Virgin and Child with Two Putti.

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