Netherlandish School

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Netherlandish School
16th century
Duck, Possibly "Anas Querquedula," the Male Garganey
Watercolor and white opaque watercolor over black chalk, on paper; the large mound on which the duck stands is in watercolor on the smaller sheet.
Silhouetted (height of duck, 5 1/8 inches [130 mm]) and adhered to sheet measuring 7 3/16 x 10 3/16 inches (183 x 258 mm); this sheet in turn mounted on album leaf measuring 8 3/8 x 10 5/8 inches (214 x 269 mm).
Purchased as the gift of Mrs. Landon K. Thorne, Jr. in memory of Landon K. Thorne, Jr.

Watermark: none visible through lining.
Leaf from an album dismembered in 1952 containing bird and animal studies, traditionally said to have been presented to Emperor Charles V in 1552.


Inscribed at lower center of album leaf, in brown ink, "Pato" (Spanish for "drake"). Numbered on verso, in graphite, "1 38-19=310 P"; stamp of Paris customs in blue.

Charles V (according to tradition); thereafter Spanish collections; Charles Férault (no mark; see Lugt S. 2793a); Geneviève Aymonier-Férault (dealer), Paris.
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Lombard, Lambert, 1506-1566, Formerly attributed to.
Anonymous, German School, 16th cent., Formerly attributed to.
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, 1500-1558, former owner.
Férault, Charles, former owner.
Thorne, Landon K., Jr., Mrs., donor.


Stampfle, Felice, with the assistance of Ruth S. Kraemer and Jane Shoaf Turner. Netherlandish Drawings of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries and Flemish Drawings of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1991, p. 14, no. 22, repr.
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Nineteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1978-1980. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981, p. 191 (Flemish or German School)

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