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    Sale 11787

    Old Master & British Drawings

    5 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 14

    Remigio Cantagallina (Borgo Santo Sepolcro circa 1582-1656 Florence)

    A view of the Boboli Gardens, Florence

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    Remigio Cantagallina (Borgo Santo Sepolcro circa 1582-1656 Florence)
    A view of the Boboli Gardens, Florence
    dated '1641'
    black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, watermark encircled fleur-de-lis with a star (close to Heawood 1577, dated 1601), on two joined sheets
    8¾ x 18¼ in. (22.3 x 46.4 cm.)


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    This extensive view of the Boboli Gardens shows its main avenue, known as the Viottolone. Flanked by antique statues, it leads to the Piazzale dell'Isolotto, completed by Giulio Parigi (1570-1635) in 1618. In the background to the left, the dome and campanile of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, can be seen. The drawing is dated '1641', on a bollard to the right, in Cantagallina's typically meticulous hand. A drawing dated '1618', also on a bollard, which interestingly shows a similar view of the Duomo and the Campanile, is in the Fondation Custodia, Paris (Inv. 8688; J. Byam Shaw, The Italian Drawings of the Frits Lugt Collection, Paris, 1983, I, no. 63, III, pl. 78).

    Provenance

    Baron H. von Geymüller (L. 1133).
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 28 January 1998, lot 40.