2 December 2008,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 475
Estimate GBP 400 - GBP 600
Italian School, early 17th Century
An allegory with statues in the niches of a rustic wall surmounting a well, a garden behind
black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, watermark star
11¼ x 7¼ in. (290 x 183 mm.)
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Dr. Jennifer Montagu pointed out at the time of the 1988 sale that this appears to be half of the drawing for a thesis print connected with the Accademia degli Arisofi, a Jesuit academy attached to the Collegio de Brera, Rome. This had the emblem of a well with a wheel to which buckets were attached, and the motto UNA OMNES. The cartouche held by a putto top right would probably have been for the arms of the dedicatee.
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Princes of Liechtenstein.
Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 6 December, 1988, lot 77.