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The Meeting of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba; Cherub Holding Cornucopias of Cherries (recto and verso)

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Wooden trays, usually painted on both sides, were often commissioned to mark a child's birth and herald future prosperity. Although the meeting of Solomon and the queen of Sheba had no romantic outcome, both were renowned for their wealth and exchanged lavish gifts when they met. This scene,...

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By 1889, E. Secrétan (d. 1899), Paris; July 1, 1889, Secrétan sale, Galerie Sedelmeyer, Paris, lot 183. By 1894, Count Chabrières-Arlès, Paris [see note 1]. By 1917, Kleinberger Galleries, New York; 1917, sold by Kleinberger to Mrs. Walter Scott Fitz (Henrietta Goddard Wigglesworth) (b. 1847 - d. 1927), Boston; 1917, gift of Mrs. Walter Scott Fitz to the MFA [see note 2]. (Accession Date: February 15, 1917) NOTES: [1] E. Müntz, "Les plateaux d'accouchées et la peinture sur meubles du IVe au XVIe siècle," Monuments et mémoires 1 (1894), p. 221, first published the painting as being in the Chabrières-Arlès collection. How and when it was acquired is not known. [2] Accessioned as a work of art attributed to Giovanni Boccati da Camerino.

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Gift of Mrs. W. Scott Fitz

Third quarter of the 15th century


61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera and oil on panel