This particular stemma (coat of arms) in Pistoia both  fascinated and frustrated me. The latter emotion was because even my super detective on the ground in Pistoia, Miky of https://passion4food4fashion.com/ couldn’t seem to locate it again in her city. She recruited a friend and they went out determined to find the darn thing. 

As I saw it last year

One day, they had a breakthrough. A boutique which was undergoing renovations, and whose facade was covered with scaffolding and protective material, was finally revealed. And, there was the mystery stemma!

On Wednesday, I finally met Miky and she took me for one of her excellent walks around the city she loves so dearly. Our last stop was at the boutique where she was able to ask the owner if he knew anything about this coat of arms. He did, indeed, much to our delight. He was not averse to a photo with the delightful Miky, whom he has known for many years.


Miky and the owner of the boutique, Signor Fagni

The coat of arms belonged to a Florentine family, by the name of Gargelli. 

Thank you, Miky, for your persistence.  

The Gargelli family coat of arms


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27 responses to “Hooray!

  1. I love a good detective story.

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  2. Such sleuthing for a stemma should be recorded for posterity. You just did, Yvonne. Fantastica molto.

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  3. I’m intrigued by the meaning of this coat of arms. It’s interesting reading everyone’s theories.

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  4. Maxine

    Hi Yvonne, The Monkey reminds me of the mural that was uncovered on the wall of Katina and Mario’s place in Galatina. I have to go through my pics to see if it’s holding anything.

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  5. Aren’t blogging friends wonderful! And I’m fascinated by that stemma Yvonne – an ape holding a branch perched atop 6 mounds…… If it was 7 mounds I’d go for a Roman ancestry link – but 6? I wanted a meaning for the name, but that wasn’t in the link you provided. Maybe they were early Darwinists (way before Darwin) and this was their way of saying so – and the mounds represent the days of creation before apes (and humans later) came to be……… Just theorising 🙂

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  6. Jane

    Wow! Thanks to you both for re-finding and identifying this! So what do you think the monkey is holding?

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  7. Bert

    I shall refrain from suggesting a scatological interpretation of the stemma, but it bears a resemblance to the arms of Pope Alexander VII, with the six hills (or mountains). Any connection?

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