This plate was made in Umbria for the Venetian market, and is decorated with the arms of the city – the Lion of St. Mark with an open book inscribed PAX TIBI MARCE EVANGELISTA MEUS (Peace be with you, Mark, my Evangelist).
Inscription: Inscribed on book held by lion, scrambled: PAX TIBI MARCE EVANGELISTA MEUS [trans.: Peace be with you, Mark my Evangelist]
[ Charles Mannheim , Paris, by 1898–1901; sold as part of the Mannheim collection to Morgan ]; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (1901–d. 1913; on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1901–12 [no. 39], brought to New York 1912; to his son, J. P. Morgan); by descent, J. P. Morgan Jr. , New York (1913–16; on loan to MMA 1914–16 [PM3141]; sold to Duveen as part of the Morgan collection); [ Duveen Brothers , New York, 1916; sold to Schiff ] ; Mortimer L. Schiff , New York (1916–d. 1931; on loan to MMA 1917–19; to his son, John); by descent, John M. Schiff , New York (1931–46; on loan to MMA 1937–46, on view 1937–41; his sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, May 4, 1946, no. 87; sold for $1,250 plus $62.50 commission to French and Company); [ French and Co., New York , as agent for MMA, 1946 ]