Francesco Furini (Florence 1604-1646), and Studio Rachel giving Birth to Joseph

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Lot 6
Francesco Furini
(Florence 1604-1646)
and Studio
Rachel giving Birth to Joseph

£ 60,000 - 80,000
US$ 80,000 - 110,000
Francesco Furini (Florence 1604-1646), and Studio
Rachel giving Birth to Joseph
oil on canvas
156 x 204cm (61 7/16 x 80 5/16in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE
    John Jacob Astor Bristed, New York, by 1874
    By whom given to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 1874, as 'Birth of Cyrus' by Francesco Furini
    By whom de-accessioned in 1955, as after Francesco Furini
    Sold, Plaza New York, 7 June 1956, lot 71, to H. Ronnevig
    Sale, El Monte Madrid, 7 April 2000, lot 46
    Sale, Sotheby's London, 8 December 2005, lot 318

    The present composition exists in three other versions by Furini. The prime version (192 x 232 cm.) is in the Staatsgalerie, Schleißheim, Munich (see G. Cantelli, Repertorio della Pittura fiorentina del Seicento (Florence 1983), p. 89, ill. pl. 421 & 422); another (192 x 200 cm.) is listed by Cantelli (op. cit.) as on the art market, Milan, in 1976; and a third (205 x 162 cm.), of seemingly lesser quality than the present work and significantly reduced on the left (omitting the kneeling woman), was offered at Christie's London, 10 December 2003, lot 84. Dott. Sandro Bellesi has endorsed the attribution to Francesco Furini on the basis of a colour transparency.
Francesco Furini (Florence 1604-1646), and Studio Rachel giving Birth to Joseph
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