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Circle of Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini (Naples 1598-1680 Rome)
Circle of Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini (Naples 1598-1680 Rome)

Design for a fountain with conches and tritons above a basin supported by dolphins

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Circle of Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini (Naples 1598-1680 Rome)
Design for a fountain with conches and tritons above a basin supported by dolphins
pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white on light brown prepared paper
13 3/8 x 8 3/8 in. (399 x 219 mm.)
Provenance
Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester (1697-1759), with his mount; thence by descent to his nephew
Wenman Roberts; thence by descent to his son
Thomas William Coke (1754-1842).
Viscount Coke and the Trustees of The Holkham Settled Estates, Holkham Hall; Christie's, London, 2 July 1991, lot 35.
Literature
A.E. Popham and C. Lloyd, Old Master Drawings at Holkham Hall, Chicago, 1986, no. 14 (as Roman School).
Exhibited
Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, Old Master Drawings from Holkham Hall, 1988.

Lot Essay

Popham and Lloyd suggested attributions to Carlo Maratta and Andrea Sacchi as well as Bernini, but consider the drawing closest to the work of the latter because of its high quality and similarities to other drawings by the artist in the same medium (see A. Blunt and H.L. Cooke, The Drawings of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle, London, 1960, no. 54; and N. Turner, Italian Baroque Drawings, London, 1980, no. 10).

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