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    Sale 7744

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art Day Sale

    8 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 108

    Francesco Furini (Florence 1603-1646)

    Esther before Ahasuerus

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    Francesco Furini (Florence 1603-1646)
    Esther before Ahasuerus
    with inscription 'di Francesco Furini' (on the border beneath the framing lines)
    red chalk, red wash, pen and brown ink, pen and brown ink framing lines
    5 3/8 x 7½ in. (13.6 x 19 cm.)

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    Although not connected to any known composition by the artist, this drawing appears characteristic of Furini's graphic work and is especially close to a study now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford for The Wise and Foolish Virgins (Monbeig Goguel, op. cit., p. 78, fig. 19).

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    N. Hone (L. 2793).
    H.S. Olivier (L. 1373).
    J. Fryszman, Paris.


    C. Monbeig Goguel, in Un'altra bellezza: Francesco Furini, exhib. cat., Firenze, Palazzo Pitti, 2007-8, p. 75, fig. 15.