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Donatello (Donato di Niccolà di Betto Bardi) after [ULAN info: Italian artist, 1386(?)-1466]




bell handle




Bronze, cast, and gilt. Figure from a hand bell. The naked putto stands with arms upraised, as if stretching, his head turned upwards.

Production Place

Italy (country)

Technique Description

bronze, cast and gilt


height: (whole): 8.0 cm


late 15th-early 16th Century


circa 1460 to 1530


given: The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum 1951 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Henry Harris; sold Sotheby's, 24 October 1950, The Henry Harris collection, Catalogue of the celebrated collection of bronzes, sculpture, paintings and works of art of the Italian Renaissance, p. 13, first part of lot 55; sold to A. Spero.

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


  1. Avery, Victoria (2002) Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, London: Gli Ori [page: p. 316]
    [comments: Publ. p. 316, checklist no. 48]
  2. Goldschmidt, Fritz (1914) Die italienschen bronzen der renaissance und des barock; busten, statuetten und gebrauchsge-genstände, Berlin
    [comments: Cf. A bell with identical putto as handle, pl. 70, no. 254.]
  3. Bode, Wilhelm von Catalogue of Italian Bronzes in the Pierpont Morgan Collection, New York
    [comments: Cf. See, no. 179, identical, except for hole in right hand, described as Italian 16th century.]
  4. Pope-Hennessy, John (1965) Renaissance Bronzes from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Reliefs, Plaquettes, Statuettes, Utensils and Mortars, London?: Phaidon Press [page: p. 146]
    [comments: Cf. no. 534]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.1-1951 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 13921; Input Date: 2000-10-09 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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