Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896) [visible in situ in a photograph of the Music Room at Leighton House, London];
Sold Christie's London, 8-10 July 1896, lot 219 (attributed to Donatello)
Purchased by the aunt of the present owner between 1915 and 1925 from a Mr. Maricrini
In his discussion of the Victoria and Albert Museum's squeeze, Pope-Hennessy records two further terracotta versions of this composition, in the Bargello in Florence and at San Jacopo alla Cavallino, with several stucco versions including those in Berlin, Reggio Emilia, the Musée Jacquemart André in Paris and in the Louvre. The composition was attributed to Rosselino by Robinson, Marquand (1918), Gottschalk (1930) and Rossi (1933), and by Maclagan and Longhurst to the school of Antonio Rossellino.
A polychrome stucco version of this composition was included in the Salander-O'Reilly Galleries exhibition of Italian Sculpture from the Gothic to the Baroque, December 2002 - February 2003, New York, pp.46-47.
A Thermoluminescence test was carried out by Oxford Authentication (sample no. 104n36) and yielded a bracket dating between 550 and 350 years ago, (i.e.between 1454 and and 1654).
Schötmuller, no.152; Pope-Hennessy (1964), vol.1, no.110, fig.127
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