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Six putti playing musical instruments

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Cambiaso family, Genoa; probably from the Cambiaso family to Ildebrando Bossi, Genoa [see note 1]; 1968, sold by Bossi to John Goelet, New York; 1977, gift of Mr. John Goelet to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 8, 1977) NOTES: [1] In a letter to Bossi (October 22, 1968), MFA curator Hanns Swarzenski mentioned the "six gilded putti from the Palazzo Cambiaso," which had been recently acquired and lent by Mr. Goelet. A torn label found on the underside of one of the putti reads "P...ità March. S...nia Cambiaso / da restituire al Fiduciario / Ildebrando Bossi Genova" ([...] Marchesa S[tefania?] Cambiaso / to return to the fiduciary / Ildebrando Bossi, Genoa).

Credit Line

Gift of John Goelet in memory of James Bishop Peabody, Secretary of the Museum

Italian (probably Genoa), 18th century, about 1700–50

Object Place

probably Genoa, Italy


Overall (Overall; Horn): 66.5 x 34.6 x 35.5 cm (26 3/16 x 13 5/8 x 14 in.) Other (Overall; Violin): 51.6 x 68.6 x 43.2cm (20 5/16 x 27 x 17in.) Other (Overall; Flute): 29.5 x 63.8 x 34.6cm (11 5/8 x 25 1/8 x 13 5/8in.) Other (Overall; Cymbals): 35.1 x 70.5 x 42.8cm (13 13/16 x 27 3/4 x 16 7/8in.) Other (Overall; Mandolin): 40 x 62.8 x 31.7cm (15 3/4 x 24 3/4 x 12 1/2in.) Other (Overall; Trumpet): 32.9 x 70.8 x 57.1cm (12 15/16 x 27 7/8 x 22 1/2in.)

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Medium or Technique

Metal; gilt-lead