SCHEGGIA Game of Civettino (a Birth Salver) c. 1450 Tempera on wood, diameter 59 cm Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, Florence The "desco da parto" (birth salver) was originally used in Florence for bringing food to pregnant women, and seem to have become traditional gifts at birth. This example is decorated with a representation of the game of civettino (little owl). It was a tough popular game of skill, required good reflexes an eye for dodging and parrying, and speed.
TOMMASO DI CREDI (active 1490-1510 in Florence) Click! Virgin and Child with the Infant St John the Baptist c. 1500 Oil on panel, tondo, diameter 61 cm Private collection This Renaissance tondo is a characteristic work by the artist known as Tommaso, a close follower of Lorenzo di Credi.
Giovanni di ser Giovanni Guidi (1406–1486) called Lo Scheggia - Game of Civettino (della civetta) painted on a Birth Salver ~ ca.1450 ~ tempera on panel ~ Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, Florence ~ a birth salver or desco da parto was used to celebrate births ~ round or octagonal, painted and used to carry food and drink to new mothers
SCHEGGIA Triumph of Fame (a Birth Salver) c. 1449 Tempera, silver and gold on wood, diameter 93 cm (with frame) Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York This large tondo featuring the Triumph of Fame on its front side was painted to celebrate the birth of Lorenzo de' Medici who was later known as Lorenzo il Magnifico. This is one of many examples of such two-sided tondi painted for Florentine families, although exactly how they were used is still uncertain
Childbirth Bowl (Scodella) and Tray (Tagliere) with Confinement-Chamber Scenes and Landscape. Castel Durante, ca. 1525–30. Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica); bowl: H. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm), Diam. 6 7/8 in. (17.6 cm); tray: H. 1 1/2 in. (3.7 cm), Diam. 8 in. (20.2 cm) - The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (48.1333.a,b)