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Tondo mirror frame

Artist:
Italian, Siena
Date:
ca. 1490–1500
Culture:
Italian, Siena
Medium:
Poplar; carved, gilt; deep red-brown bole.
Dimensions:
Overall, 61.5 x 36 cm; sight diam. 15.2 cm; rebated diam. ca. 17.9 cm.
Classification:
Frames
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.2101
Not on view
Round, or tondo, frames housing mirrors or devotional images were a popular type of domestic furnishing in Tuscany in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. This example bears the coat of arms of the Cinuzzi family of Siena and is almost certainly of Sienese manufacture. It may have been designed by the sculptor Giovanni di Stefano, son of the famous painter Sassetta (whose work is on display in Gallery 956). The present mirror is not original.
[Stefano Bardini, Florence]; [Elia Volpi, Florence]; [Galleria Bellini, Florence], bought in Florence, 1932. Acquired by Robert Lehman in October 1955.
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