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Inscription

in lateral portions of upper field obverse, incised and both letters reversed: F / G [possibly an owner's initials; the second letter could alternatively be an unreversed P]; center reverse, incised and both letters reversed: F / g [the second letter could alternatively be an unreversed P, apparently elided with upper-case D, the D not reversed]

Marks and Labels

Reverse formerly bore previous inventory number 340 (?), presumably in white paint (unidentified collection); numerals removed during 1982 cleaning, but chemical imprint still visible. Reverse also bore 303 in yellow paint (Ricci 1931): numerals removed as above.

Provenance

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.

Bibliography
1886
Molinier, Émile. Les Bronzes de la Renaissance. Les Plaquettes; Catalogue Raisonné. 2 vols. Paris, 1886:, 2:94-95, no. 518.
1931
Ricci, Seymour de. The Gustave Dreyfus Collection. Reliefs and Plaquettes. Oxford, 1931. vol. II, 212, no. 303, pl. 89.
1951
National Gallery of Art. Renaissance Bronzes: Statuettes, Reliefs and Plaquettes, Medals and Coins from the Kress Collection. Introduction by Perry B. Cott. Washington, 1951: 148.
1965
Pope-Hennessy, John W. Renaissance Bronzes from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Reliefs, Plaquettes, Statuettes, Utensils and Mortars. London, 1965: no. 385, fig. 317.
1983
Wilson, Carolyn C. Renaissance Small Bronze Sculpture and Associated Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1983: 94, no. 23.
1989
Lewis, Douglas. "The Plaquettes of 'Moderno' and His Followers." Studies in the History of Art 22 (1989): 141, no. V.B.1, as by the "Lucretia Master".