around top circumference: .SOLA.VIRTVS.HOMINEM.FE[L]ICIT[AT].IOANNSFRANCISI.PARMENSIS. (Only virtue can make men happy / Gianfrancesco of Parma)
Marks and Labels
Reverse formerly bore previous inventory number 64 in yellow paint (Ricci 1931); numerals were removed during 1982 cleaning.
Gustave Dreyfus [1837-1914], Paris; his estate; purchased 1930 by (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); purchased 1945 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1957 to NGA.
- Ricci, Seymour de. The Gustave Dreyfus Collection. Reliefs and Plaquettes. Oxford, 1931: 53, no. 64, pl. 21.
- Renaissance Bronzes: Statuettes, Reliefs and Plaquettes, Medals and Coins from the Kress Collection. Introduction by Perry B. Cott. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1951: 144.
- Pope-Hennessy, John W. Renaissance Bronzes from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Reliefs, Plaquettes, Statuettes, Utensils and Mortars. London, 1965: 23, no. 66, fig. 62.
- Wilson, Carolyn C. Renaissance Small Bronze Sculpture and Associated Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1983: 59, no. 8.
- Nickel, Helmut. "Of Dragons, Basilisks, and the Arms of the Seven Kings of Rome." Metropolitan Museum Journal 24 (1989): 31, fig. 14, 34 n. 11.