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    Sale 1961

    Old Master And 19th Century Drawings

    24 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 133

    BALTHASAR VAN DER AST (MIDDELBURG 1593/4-1657 DELFT)

    An Arrowhead Blue (Glaucopsyche piasus) butterfly and a Scotch Bonnet (Phalium granulatum) sea shell

    Price Realised  

    BALTHASAR VAN DER AST (MIDDELBURG 1593/4-1657 DELFT)
    An Arrowhead Blue (Glaucopsyche piasus) butterfly and a Scotch Bonnet (Phalium granulatum) sea shell
    signed with monogram 'B A'
    watercolor and bodycolor on prepared paper
    3¾ x 4¾ in. (95 x 120 mm.)


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    Seventy-one studies of flowers and shells similarly signed are in the Fondation Custodia, Institut Néerlandais, Paris (Vermeer and the Delft School, exhib. cat., New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2001, cat. 96-98). Two other drawings of shells with the same monogram are in the Abrams collection (Bruegel to Rembrandt. Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exhib. cat., London, British Museum and elsewhere, 2002-3, cat. 102a-b).