- Daniele Crespi
- Recto: design for a spandrel with several putti Verso: two angels
- Red chalk and point of the brush and grey wash (recto and verso);
bears old attribution in pen and brown ink top right: del Cambiagio; some old accounts in pen and brown ink (verso)
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Nancy Ward Neilson has kindly endorsed the attribution to Daniele Crespi. The two angels on the verso are in a very similar pose to the two at the top of Crespi's altarpiece, St. Anthony Abbot Assisting the Ascending Soul of St. Paul the Hermit, part of the decoration of the chapel dedicated to St. Anthony Abbot in San Vittore al Corpo, Milan. The painting was commissioned by Antonio de' Rossi and probably finished by Daniele around 1619 or a few years later.1
1. N. Ward Neilson, Daniele Crespi, Soncino 1996, pp. 47-49, no. 39, reproduced pl. VII