From an antique collection with the antique red seal of the owner on verso. Two other hand-written inscriptions on verso. A later American collector's label on verso as well. The original reliquary tabernacle by Far Angelico was made for Santa Maria Novella, Florence, dated ca. 1424. It is now in the Museo San Marco, Florence.
An arch shaped composite composition with God the Father at the top overlooking the scene of the Annunciation where the Virgin Mary is visited by the angel Gabriel announcing her holy pregnancy.
The lower scene with the Three Kings visiting the newly born baby Jesus and Mary and Joseph in the stable.
The top with elaborate carved and gilt frame with twisted column supports and trefoil motifs. The lower predella frame with a shelf and a painted band with figures of different female saints with the Virgin and Child in the center. A lower shelf with a gilt on blue inscription for the Virgin Mary.
panel 17 x 10 1/2", cracks from top to bottom and on the lower scene
elaborate carved, gilt and painted devotional frame 34 1/2 x 23"
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