5 July 2005
Studio of Antonio Pollaiuolo (Florence 1432-1498) and Piero Pollaiuolo (Florence 1443-1496)
A nude seen from behind unsheathing a sword
pen and brown ink, watermark eagle
8¾ x 5 1/8 in. (221 x 130 mm.)
Possibly Prince Wladimir Argoutinsky-Dolgoroukoff (cf. L. 2602d), Paris, according to an inscription on the mount.
Purchased from Charles Albert de Burlet (1882-1956), Basel, 1950, by the father of the present owner.
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A figure in an identical pose appears in a drawing attributed to Antonio Pollaiuolo formerly in the collection of Benno Geiger; Sotheby's, London, 7-10 December 1920, lot 242.
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