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Pair of dolphins

first half 18th century
Italian, Genoa
Lindenwood, gilt
Each: H. 47-1/4 in. (120 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1906
Accession Number:
07.225.67a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 508
A series of four similar dolphins was carved by Filippo Maria Mongiardino for the Palazzo Spinola, Genoa, in 1736. Placed on the dado in the four corners of the Galleria degli Specchi (Gallery of Mirrors), those dolphins as well as the present pair reflect designs of the influential Genoese sculptor Filippo Parodi (1630–1702).
Georges Hoentschel (until 1906; sold to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (1906; to MMA)
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