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Inscription

stamped on central medallion: FORNARI ROMA; stamped at top on heads of cherubs: AF; marked at top on heads of cherubs, several times with the _bollo camerale_ (treasury seal or assayer's mark)

Provenance

Possibly Luigi Braschi Onesti, duke of Nemi [1745-1816], Rome and Nemi.[1] private collection; acquired by Barbara Piasecka Johnson [1937-2013], London, by 1989;[2] (her sale, Sotheby's, London, 8 July 2009, no. 31); (Galerie J. Kugel, Paris); purchased 26 October 2012 by NGA.

Exhibition History
1990
Opus Sacrum. From the collection of Barbara Piasecka Johnson, Royal Castle, Warsaw, 1990, no. 78.
Bibliography
1993
González Palacios, Alvar. Il gusto dei principi : arte di corte del XVII e del XVIII secolo. 2 vols. Milan, 1993: 1:301-302; 2:250-251, figs. 501-502.
2013
Levkoff, Mary. “Giovanni Antonio Fornari, Holy-Water Stoup.” National Gallery of Art Bulletin 48 (Spring 2013): 26-27, repro.