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  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    early 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Grey sandstone (pietra serena) carved in relief

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This chimney piece of grey sandstone is made by an unknown artist in Florence in the early 15th century.

It is carved in relief showing two putti supporting a shield.

Physical description

Frieze carved in relief with figures of two naked boys supporting between them a shield.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)


early 15th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Grey sandstone (pietra serena) carved in relief


Length: 233,68 cm, Width: 50.80 cm

Object history note

Bought for £11 2s. 1d. in 1859.

Descriptive line

Frieze, of a chimney piece, grey sandstone, two putti supporting a shield, by an unknown artist, Italy (Florence), early 15th century

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1859. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 19


Grey sandstone (pietra serena)


Carving; Relief

Subjects depicted

Shield; Putti; Figures


Architectural fittings; Sculpture; Reliefs


Sculpture Collection

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