Pieter Boel

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Pieter Boel
Peahen and Hen
Black chalk, with two touches of red chalk, on paper.
7 7/8 x 8 9/16 inches (200 x 218 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 154

Watermark: coat of arms with fleur-de-lis and sun; countermark with letters "CD" (similar to Heawood, nos. 649-50: Paris, c. 1640-50).

Probably the Hon. Ashley Ponsonby; his sale, London, Christie's, 7-9 February 1898, one of two (with Cat. no. I, 219) in lot 548 (to Fairfax Murray for Đ0-6-0); Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.
Associated names: 

Hondecoeter, Melchior de, 1636-1695, Formerly attributed to.
Ponsonby, Ashley, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, John Pierpont, 1837-1913, former owner.


Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 154, repr. (as Melchior d'Hondecoeter)

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