mid - 16th century
"The skull formed of one piece drawn out at the apex to an acorn terminal. The visor with two apertures for sight projects well forward, the so-called ventail entirely without the usual breathing apertures falls low over the chin-piece. The decoration, which is of a most restrained character, consists of radiating acanthus leaves in strong relief. This fine helmet, which now has a brown patine surface with traces of gilding, is undoubtedly the production of a member of the celebrated Negroli family, and the presence of a hole piercing the crown (together with its general aspect) suggests that it has been used for funerary purposes and hung in a church.
Provenance: Purchased by William Randolph Hearst from S. J. Whawell Sale, thru Sotheby & Co., London, England, May 3 - 6, 1927 for $973.25; sold to Gimbel's, April 1942 for $262."
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Long Island University, Brookville, NY, http://liu.edu Photograph, William Randolph Hearst Archive, S/B lot 1033, Art. #167, Album 7, p. 36