Unlike many maiolica objects, this plaque has no function beyond displaying a painted image to the viewer. It retains the sense of domesticity associated with Renaissance maiolica vessels and tableware, but was made to encourage religious devotion. . The small format and tightly cropped view of the Virgin and Child create an intimate relationship with the viewer, and the small kneeling donors at lower left present a model for worship in the home. The plaque imitates fifteenth-century panel painting and relief sculpture in both subject and form and even includes an integral frame.
J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (by 1901–d. 1913; on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1901–12 [no. 250], brought to New York 1912; to his son, J. P. Morgan); J. P. Morgan Jr. (1913–16; on loan to MMA 1914–16 [PM3119]; sold to Duveen as part of the Morgan collection]; [ Duveen Brothers , New York, 1916; sold for $360 to Scotti ] ; Antonio Scotti , New York (from October 5, 2016) ; [ R. Stora , New York, until 1947; sold to MMA ]