27 January 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 12,500
Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000
Roman School, 18th Century
Five Old Testament Scenes: Moses and the Daughters of Jethro; Jacob meeting Esau; Balaam and his Ass (recto and verso); The Sacrifice of Manoah; and Hagar in the Desert
the second with inscription 'Tommaso Conca/Pour les decorations/du Palazzo Doria, Rome'
black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash; the second with grey wash and an approximately 2-inches triangular insert to the figure of Jacob; the third with a watermark encircled fleur-de-lys; the fourth with an approximately 10 x 6 inches irregularly shaped insert of the figure of the angel
11 3/8 x 16¼ in. (290 x 412 mm.) and smaller (5)
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Previously thought to be by Tommaso Maria Conca (1734-1822) due to an inscription on the verso of the second drawing in this lot, and on another drawing by the same hand of Gideon gathering his army in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. 61.5.1). While probably related to a decorative painting cycle, these drawings seem to be earlier.
Williamstown, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and elsewhere, Master Drawings from the Held Collection, 1979, no. 32 (Balaam and his Ass).