French School, 17th Century Study of a male and female Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)

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French School
17th Century
Study of a male and female Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)

Sold for £ 18,750 (US$ 24,972) inc. premium
French School, 17th Century
Study of a male and female Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)
inscribed 'PHOENICOPTERVS, SEV LINGVLACA/EX LITTORE PHOCAICO' (centre) and 'FOEMINA' and 'MAS' (below the birds)
pencil, watercolour and gouache on vellum
23.3 x 31cm (9 3/16 x 12 3/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc
    Cassiano dal Pozzo
    By descent to his brother, Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo
    By descent to his son, Gabriele dal Pozzo
    By descent to his son, Cosimo Antonio dal Pozzo
    By whom sold to Pope Clement XI, 1703
    Thence by descent to Cardinal Alessandro Albani, 1714
    From whom acquired by James Adam for King George III, 1762
    Sold from the Royal Library, Windsor, early 1920s
    Art market, London
    Sir Owen Morshead, and by descent through his family

    Literature
    F. Solinas (ed.), Cassiano dal Pozzo. Atti del Seminario Internazionale di Studi. Napoli 18-19 dicembre 1987, Rome, 1989, pp. 102-4, fig. 6
    H. McBurney, 'Cassiano dal Pozzo as Scientific Commentator: Ornithological Texts and Images of Birds from the Museo Cartaceo', in Cropper, Perini and Solinas, Documentary Culture...Papers from a Colloquium held at the Villa Spelman, Florence, 1990, Bologna, 1992, pp. 349-63
    Exh. cat., The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo, British Museum, 1993, p. 170, no. 101, ill


    Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc (1580 – 1637) was a French astronomer, antiquarian and collector whose home at Aix-en-Provence was filled with his substantial collection of scientific and artistic objects. He was a friend and correspondant of Cassiano.
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