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Probably commissioned by the Hon. John Molesworth (1679-1726), through the offices of the architect Alessandro Galilei circa 1721.
Purchased by Thomas, 1st Earl of Macclesfield, circa 1723-25.
Thence by descent at Shirburn Castle, Oxfordshire.
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
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K. Lankheit, Florentinische Barockplastik - Die Kunst am Hofe der letzten Medici 1670-1743, Munich, 1962, p. 376, fig. 140.
G. Pratesi, Repertorio della Scultura Fiorentina del Seicento e Settecento, Turin, 1993, I, pp. 52, 55-56, 94, II, figs. 342-357, III, figs. 438-439.
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