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    Sale 12307

    Old Master and British Paintings

    2 November 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 66

    Lavinia Fontana (Bologna 1552-1614 Rome)

    Portrait of a lady, bust-length, in a gold embroidered bodice with a high collar and a ruff

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    Lavinia Fontana (Bologna 1552-1614 Rome)
    Portrait of a lady, bust-length, in a gold embroidered bodice with a high collar and a ruff
    oil on copper, oval
    2 3/8 x 1¾ in. (5.8 x 4.4 cm.)


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    We are grateful to Dr Maria Teresa Cantaro for confirming the attribution on the basis of a photograph (letter, 21 December 2005). Dr Cantaro states that this work is both stylistically and formally close to the artist's series of small portraits produced in the last decade of the 16th century, when Lavinia Fontana’s commissions from the aristocratic and courtly clientele intensified.