Probably Venetian 16th Century
Mortar with Shields, Festoons, and Animals
bronze (medium brown bronze)
15 x 18.6 cm (5 7/8 x 7 5/16 in)
Frédéric Spitzer [1815-1890], Paris; (his estate sale, at his residence by Chevallier and Mannheim, Paris, 17 April-16 June 1893, no. 1491, as Venetian 15th Century); Gustave Dreyfus [1837-1914], Paris; his estate; purchased 1930 with the entire Dreyfus collection by (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London, New York, and Paris); purchased 1944 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1957 to NGA.