National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of A Little Boy Desiderio da Settignano (artist)
Florentine, c. 1429 - 1464
A Little Boy, 1455/1460
overall: 26.3 x 24.7 x 15 cm (10 3/8 x 9 3/4 x 5 7/8 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
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From the Tour: Florentine Sculpture of the 15th Century
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Purchased 1846 in Italy by Eugène Piot [1812-1890], Paris; sold 26 April 1864 to Paul van Cuyck, Paris.[1] Louis-Charles Timbal [1821-1880], Paris; sold 1872 with his collection to Gustave Dreyfus [1837-1914], Paris;[2] his estate; purchased 1930 with the entire Dreyfus collection by (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London, New York, and Paris);[3] purchased 15 December 1936 by The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh;[4] gift 1937 to NGA.

[1] According to the Duveen Brothers invoice, see note 4.

[2] According to information kindly proved by Marie-Amélie Carlier, Timbal asked to retain possession of the bust until his death, even though it had technically been sold to Dreyfus with the rest of the collection in 1872. Dreyfus had a copy of the bust until Timbal died in 1880. See Ms. Carlier's e-mail of 12 October 2007 to Nicholas Penny in NGA curatorial files.

[3] Provenance prior to Mellon Trust is according to David Finley's notebook donated to the National Gallery of Art in 1977, now in the Gallery Archives.

[4] The original Duveen Brothers invoice is in Gallery Archives, copy in NGA curatorial files.

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