• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

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    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 176

    Follower of Leonardo da Vinci

    Portrait of a young lady in a gold silk dress

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Follower of Leonardo da Vinci
    Portrait of a young lady in a gold silk dress
    oil on panel
    23 7/8 x 19 7/8 in. (60.6 x 50.5 cm.)


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    The present painting belongs to a small group of works by an anonymous Leonardesque artist now commonly referred to as the Master of the Vierge aux Balances after the work in the Louvre. This painter, a close follower of the style of Leonardo's second Milanese period, has been linked to two other portraits, the first in the Kress Collection (South Carolina, Columbia Museum of Art; F.R. Shapley, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection, London, 1968, K1558, fig. 320) and the other formerly in the d'Eichtal Collection, Paris. Works from this group have previously been ascribed to Boltraffio, Bernardino de'Conti and Ambrogio de Predis.

    Provenance

    with V.G. Fischer Art Galleries, New York, by February 1913, when acquired by
    Otto H. Kahn, New York.
    with Ehrich Galleries, New York, by February 1921, when purchased by the
    Saint Louis Art Museum.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Sold to Benefit the Acquisition Fund of the Saint Louis Art Museum


    Literature

    F. Malaguzzi-Valeri, La Corte di Ludovico il Moro, Milan, 1917, III, pp. 73-74, fig. 62, as 'Manner of Il Giampietrino'.
    F.R. Shapley, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Italian Schools XV-XVI Century, London, 1968, p. 131, under K1558, as 'follower of da Vinci'.


    Exhibited

    Los Angeles, County Museum, Leonardo da Vinci, 3 June-17 July 1949, no. 21, as 'Leonardo studio' (catalogue by W. R. Valentiner, et al.).