Vintage Italian Terracotta Bas-Relief Plaque

ORIGIN: Tuscany, Italy
AGE: Early 20th century
DIMENSIONS: 13.25” wide x 9” h x 1” thick
MATERIALS: Terracotta, plaster
CONDITION: Very good; minor wear consistent with age; minor chips around edges; the plaque was originally thinner and has been reinforced on the back with plaster.


Attributed to the well-known terracotta producer in Tuscany, Manifattura di Signa, this exceptionally detailed bas-relief panel depicts a painting by Peter Paul Rubens that hangs in the Pitti Palace in Florence, Consequences of War. Commissioned by Ferdinand II de’ Medici and painted by Rubens in 1639, the painting was his commentary on the horrors of the Thirty Years’ War that was ravaging Europe at the time. Rubens employed many ancient symbols, including the central figures of Mars and Venus.

Manifattura di Signa began production in the late 19th century specializing in artistic terracotta statuary and reproduction of classical vases and plaques.  Shortly after WWII, the company ceased production. 

Clear acrylic stand included with purchase.  Could also be hung on a wall utilizing the existing hole on the back.