17 December 1999
Circle of Marc Antonio Franceschini (Bologna 1648-1729)
Putti disporting in landscapes
oil on copper, circular
8 in. (21 cm.) diam.
a pair (2)
(Possibly) Nathaniel Cholmley (d. 1791) and by descent at Howsham Hall, Yorkshire, where first recorded in 1852 (Strickland, loc, cit.) to Hon. Mrs. Esther Willoughby (d. 1947), Howsham Hall, Yorkshire.
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Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, on loan Cambridge, Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum, on loan
For the Howsham Hall provenance, see the note to lot 60.
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