Room of the Valtellinese Stove
QUISQUIS AMAT DICTIS ABSENT(I)UM RODERE VITAM HANC FLAM(M)AM VETITAM NOVERIT ESSE SIBI
Whoever loves to talk badly about (people) who are not present, know that this fireside is forbidden to you.
(It’s a variation on a poetic couplet present in Possidius’s life of St. Augustine; instead of “flammam” [at the fireside], there is “mensam” [at the table] in the original because the writer was referring to gossip at a table where meals were eaten)
ON THE MANTELPIECE OF THE FIREPLACE