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Plate depicting Pyramus and Thisbe

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This plate belongs to a service made for a member of the Pucci family of Florence, comprising a salt, 34 dishes dated 1532, and two dishes dated 1533.


Mark: F. X. A. R. (Francisco Xanto Avelli da Rovigo).


1532, made for the Pucci family, Florence [see note 1]. About 1850s/1860s, possibly James Jackson Jarves (b. 1818 - d. 1888), Paris (?) and Florence [see note 2]. By 1872, Elizabeth Chapman (Mrs. Timothy Bigelow) Lawrence [see note 3]; Between 1872-1876, given by Mrs. Lawrence to the Boston Athenaeum [see note 4]; 1976, sold by the Boston Athenaeum to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 10, 1976) NOTES: [1] This plate is part of a larger maiolica service created for the Pucci family. An armorial device of the Pucci is at right of the plate. [2] An appplied paper label (now removed) on reverse reads "J. J. Jarves. Boston. Am[eri]ca / No. 2. Ave. de l'Imperatrice". James Jackson Jarves built up his collection of Italian art while residing in Florence from 1851 until 1886. [3] Possibly acquired in Florence by Elizabeth Chapman (Mrs. Timothy Bigelow) Lawrence (b. 1829 - d. 1905), Florence and Boston, or by Mr. Timothy Bigelow Lawrence before 1869 (b.1826 – d.1869) and inherited by Mrs. T.B. Lawrence. [4] The plate was lent by Mrs. T.B. Lawrence to the MFA in 1872, and from the Athenaeum continuously from 1876 until 1976 (no. Ath. 312).

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund

Italian (Urbino), Renaissance, 1532


Diam: 28.3cm (11 1/8in.); Height: 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)




Ceramics, Pottery, Stoneware