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Italo-Flemish School, late 16th Century

The Flight of Cloelia

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 USD

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Italo-Flemish School, late 16th Century

Italo-Flemish School, late 16th Century

The Flight of Cloelia

The Flight of Cloelia

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 USD

Lot sold:

7,560

USD

Italo-Flemish School, late 16th Century

The Flight of Cloelia


Pen and brown ink and wash over traces of black chalk, heightened with partially oxidized white;

bears old inscription on the mount, verso: WR105 Clelia & her companions escaping / from the camp of Porsenna. Pen and Bistre / heightened - very fine

249 by 439 mm; 9 ⅞ by 17 ¼ in

The drawing is inset into an old decorative mount with a small proportion of the sheet's edges covered. There is an old vertical crease to the left centre of the sheet and other minor abrasions throughout, including a diagonal abrasion to the upper right quarter. There is abundant use of white heightening throughout, some of which has experienced some losses and other areas that have partially oxidized. Overall, this large drawing remains in predominantly good condition throughout, with the image very strong and the pen and wash well preserved. Sold in a giltwood frame.


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.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

With Alister Mathews, Bournemouth

Though the author of this accomplished and finely preserved sheet remains anonymous, the composition was surely derived from a fresco by Polidoro da Caravaggio of which another anonymous drawing, though by a different and significantly inferior hand, shares the same composition and is today in the collection of the Art Institute, Chicago.1The scene depicted is that of Cloelia and her companions fleeing the camp of Porsena by crossing the Tiber on horseback, a subject commonly treated by Italian artists, though also popular amongst the Northern Baroque.


1. Chicago, The Art Institute, inv. no. 1922.731