27 September 2016,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 6,500
Estimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
Georg Dionysius Ehret (Heidelberg 1708-1770 Chelsea)
Broad-leaved oak clippings (Quercus latifolia) with male and female Purple Emperor butterflies (Apatura iris), their upperwings and underwings displayed
signed 'G.D. Ehret. P.' and inscribed 'Quercus; latifolia. Park. Theat.' and with inscription 'Vol 5/ 31' (in pencil and erased)
black chalk, watercolour, bodycolour, gum Arabic, countermark V, unframed
21¼ x 14 7/8 in. (54.1 x 37.9 cm.)
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Anonymous sale; Bonham's, London, 16 March 1977, lot 37, where purchased by Brian Sewell.
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