Inscribed on verso, beneath the cup, in pen and brown ink, by the artist, "tre varie".
Watermark: Rampant lion holding a shield, inside a circle.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 33 and 34, repr. (as Benvenuto Cellini)
Stampfle, Felice, and Jacob Bean. Drawings from New York collections. I: The Italian Renaissance. New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1965, 112, recto repr.
Formerly attributed to Benvenuto Cellini, 1500-1571.
Study for one of a series of plaques representing moralising scenes from Ovid's "Metamorphoses", originally cast in bronze, ca. 1535-1615, for Guglielmo della Porta by Jacob Cobaert, called Coppe Fiammingo. The only complete series of sixteen plaques in bronze is in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Originally the plaques may have been designed for a table for Cardinal Alessandro Farnese and placed in the Sala dei Filosofi, a room used as a library, in the Palazzo Farnese, Rome. This commission was later withdrawn and given to Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola.
Cellini, Benvenuto, 1500-1571, Formerly attributed to.
Gaddi, Niccolo, former owner.
Pseudo-Crozat, former owner.
Richardson, Jonathan, 1665-1745, former owner.
Barnard, John, 1709-1784, former owner.
Lawrence, Thomas, Sir, 1769-1830, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, John Pierpont, 1837-1913, former owner.
Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 or 18 A.D. Metamorphoses.