Attributed to Daniel Mignot

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Attributed to Daniel Mignot
active 1593-1616
Study for a Brooch with Birds, Insects, and Animals Set in Foliage. Verso: Two studies of heraldic designs: a shield with lion rampant atop three bands, with a chain; a shield with a rampant lion (?) surmounted by a peacock
Pen and brown ink on paper.
3 7/8 x 3 1/4 inches (99 x 84 mm)
Gift of the Christian Humann Foundation.

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The recto study shows half the design for a symmetrical brooch featuring birds, insects and animals set in leafy foliage. The verso contains two unidentified coats of arms, the larger a shield with a rampant lion above three bands, with the swag of a chain below, and the smaller depicts what might be a rampant lion (obscured by old repairs to the sheet) surmounted by a peacock.
The attribution of this sheet to Mignot is largely based on a comparison with several of his published ornament prints, although none are an exact match.

Herman Shickman Gallery, New York; purchased by Christian Humann (d.1981), New York; Christian Humann Foundation, Paris.
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Humann, Christian, 1929-1981, former owner.

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