Albrecht Dürer

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Albrecht Dürer
1471-1528
Design for the Pommel Plate of a Saddle
1517
Pen and dark brown ink on paper.
8 5/8 x 11 5/16 inches (220 x 287 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 256
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Signed with the artist's monogram, and dated in lighter ink by another hand, "1517". Inscribed by J.C. Robinson on verso of old lining, in black ink at lower right, "Bought at Sale of Miss James' / Collection of drawings at Christie's June 23 1891 / for 101 guineas against Gutekunst / for the Berlin Museum. / JCRobinson".

Provenance: 
Baron Dominique Vivant-Denon (Lugt 779); possibly his sale, Paris, Pérignon, 1-19 April 1826, p. 162, lot 625, "Trois feuilles d'études; deux d'ornements à la plume sur papier blancÖ"; Miss James, London (according to Robinson's inscription on verso); her sale, London, Christie's, 22-23 June 1891, lot 196, "An ornamental design of Grotesque Animals and Figures"; Sir John Charles Robinson (Lugt 1433); 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.
Bibliography: 

Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 256, repr.
Denison, Cara D., and Helen B. Mules, with the assistance of Jane V. Shoaf. European Drawings, 1375-1825. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981, no. 34, repr.

Associated names: 

Denon, Vivant, 1747-1825, former owner.
James, Miss, d. ca. 1891, former owner.
Robinson, John Charles, Sir, 1824-1913, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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