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  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1491 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case J1, shelf 3

Physical description

Round plaque with the arms of Andrea di Bono Boni of Florence, Tuscany, dated 1491. Painted in dark blue, manganese purple,, orange, and bluish copper green, with a shield, tied with a fluttering ribbon to a wreath border of pointed leaves and fruit. Behind the shield passes a scroll inscribed with the name: Andrea di Bono po MCCCC91. Below the scroll, on either side, is a large flower within a volute; the background is filled with sprays of foliage, spirals, and grouped dots.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)


ca. 1491 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware

Marks and inscriptions

'Andrea di Bono po MCCCC91'
Maker's mark painted on a scroll.


Diameter: 30 cm

Object history note

Purchase: Montferrand Collection.

Purchase price note: Bought for £2 15s.

Descriptive line

Roundel, shield of arms with scroll behind inscribed 'Andrea di Bono', made in the Florentine area, Italy, circa 1491, tin-glazed earthenware

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Berti, F. Capolavori della maiolica rinascimentale: Montelupo "fabbrica" di Firenze 1400-1600. Florence, 2002. Cat 38, pp.179-181. Catalogue of the exhibition held at Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florence.
Berti, Fausti. Storia della ceramica di Montelupo. Vol.III. Montelupo, 1999. 194 p., no.353, ill. 389 p.

Labels and date

Made in Florentine area, Italy circa 1491
inscription: 'Andrea di Bono po MCCCC91', painted in blue
Tin-glazed earthenware

6655-1860 Montferrand Collection [16/07/2008]

Production Note

Marco Spallanzani, "Sull'Iscrizione del tondo di Andrea di Bono Boni". Faenza LXII,1976,4, reference page 86-89. He suggests "Po" means Podesta, as an Andrea di Bono held that office at Larciano in the province of Pistoia in 1491. He leaves open the attribution to Faenza or Florentine Zone, but the latter is certainly well worth considering.


Earthenware; Tin glaze


Tin glazing

Subjects depicted

Fruit; Wreaths; Shield of arms; Ribbon; Scroll


Ceramics; Maiolica; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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