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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2013.173
People
Balthasar van der Ast, Dutch (Middelburg, Netherlands 1593 - 1657 Delft, Netherlands)
previously attributed to Bartholomeus Abrahamsz. Assteyn, Dutch (Dordrecht, Netherlands 1607 - after 1667 Dordrecht, Netherlands)
Title
Checkerboard Bonnet Shell (Phalium Areola)
Other Titles
Former Title: A Shell: Phalium aureola
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
c. 1620-40
Places
Creation Place: Europe, Netherlands
Culture
Dutch
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Brown wash, watercolor, and gouache on cream antique laid paper, with a framing line in brown ink
Dimensions
12 x 19.6 cm (4 3/4 x 7 11/16 in.)
mount: 23 x 31.8 cm (9 1/16 x 12 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Brown ink, lower right: BA [in ligature with triad of dots]
  • inscription: center left, brown ink, Dutch: En gepleckt / Crombeckijen
  • inscription: mount, lower right corner, graphite: B v. d. Ast. 806
  • inscription: mount, verso, lower right, graphite: N 12
  • watermark: mount, lower edge: [fragment] VAN DER LEY
  • watermark: none
Provenance
[Christie's, Amsterdam, 25 November 1992, part of lot 626], sold; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston; The Maida and George Abrams Collection, gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2013
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Gift of George S. Abrams in memory of John Richards II, Harvard Class of 1954
Accession Year
2013
Object Number
2013.173
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Walter Liedtke and Michiel C. Plomp, Vermeer and the Delft School, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 2001), p. 445, under cat. no. 95, note 1

Exhibition History

Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/22/2003 - 07/06/2003

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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