Attributed to Prospero Fontana (Italian, 1512-1597)
Two Music-making Angels
Unsigned, with an unattributed collector's stamp (Lugt, 2908) l.r.; attributed to Prospero Fontana on modern auction labels affixed to the backing (see below), inscribed "G. Reni" in pencil in a later hand on the back of the mount, inscribed "Fontana" in pencil in a later hand on the inside of the window mat.
Ink and wash over black chalk on laid paper, 4 3/8 x 3 1/2 in. (11.2 x 8.9 cm), framed.
Condition: Creasing to u.l. corner, staining, laid down on cardstock which is mounted to mat board.
Provenance: Sotheby's New York, Old Master Drawings, January 25, 2012, Lot 96, as Attributed to Prospero Fontana; through to the estate of Robert Wynne, Massachusetts.
L2908 - Lugt said this mark, when he had encountered it, was frequently found on Italian drawings. In the 1956 edition, Lugt suggested it might the mark of Nicholas Lanier (1588-1666). However, in 2010 Jeremy Wood suggested other possible collectors for this mark, including Peter Lely (1618-1680), Prosper Lankrink (1628-1692), and Prosper Lankrink (1628-1692), among others. For a complete discussion, please see http://www.marquesdecollections.fr/detail.cfm/marque/10217/total/1.
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