This pax is decorated with the Virgin and Child surrounded by four angels and eleven amorini holding garlands in an all’antica architectural structure. Many versions are known (works are in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Diocesan Museum, Pienza [mounted as a pax]). Pope-Hennessy ascribed this plaquette to a Ferrarese artist, influenced by Cosmè Tura, after earlier attributions to Padua(1) and Siena. This aftercast has some loss of detail and traces of wear.
Catalogue entry from: Frits Scholten. The Robert Lehman Collection. European Sculpture and Metalwork, Vol. XII. Frits Scholten, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Princeton University Press, 2011, p. 171.
1. Molinier, Émile. Les bronzes de la Renaissance. Les plaquettes: Catalogue raisonné. 2 vols. Paris, 1886, vol. 2, no. 381; Bange, E.F. Die italienischen Bronzen der Renaissance und des Barock. Vol. 2, Reliefs und Plaketten. Berlin, 1922.