Lot 22
  • 22

Monogrammist CM

4,000 - 6,000 GBP
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  • Monogrammist CM
  • a scene from the old testament

  • extensively inscribed in brown ink
  • pen and brown ink and grey wash, within a drawn circle


Water Schrott (L.2383);
possibly Freiherr von Eelking, his sale (?), Cologne, 3-4 June 1902 (as Cornelis Massijs);
possibly Amsler and Ruthardt sale, Berlin, 25-27 May 1908;
bears unidentified collector's mark, verso (not in Lugt)

Catalogue Note

This design is part of a series of eighteen drawings, probably for glass roundels, which appeared on the market at the Eelking sale, Cologne 1902, and the Amsler and Ruthardt sale, Berlin 1908. Several of the sheets bear the monogram CM (or MC), and as a result were previously attributed to Cornelis Massijs.  However, no connection has been convincingly made with Massijs' works, which are furthermore signed with the monogram CMA.  Instead, Boon has suggested that the drawings derive from from the circle of Dirck Vellert.2  Three designs from the series are in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam3, and another is in the Nordico - Museum der Stadt, Linz .4

1. K.G. Boon, Netherlandish Drawings of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries, The Hague 1978, p. 198-90, cat. nos. 507-9

2. Boon, loc.cit.

3. Boon, loc.cit. fig. 509, and further illustrated in M. Schapelhouman, Netherlandish Drawings circa 1600, The Hague 1987, cat. nos. 1978, 507; 1978, 508

4. E. Pokorny, Deutsche und Niederländische Zeichnungen des 16-17 Jahrhunderts, Linz 1993, cat. no. 30