Sylvain Bonnet

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Sylvain Bonnet
ca. 1645-1705
Joseph on His Deathbed Bidding Farewell to His Brethren : Genesis 50:24
ca. 1690
Pen and brown ink,with white opaque watercolor, over red chalk, on light brown paper; ruled border in pen and brown ink.
9 7/8 x 12 15/6 inches (253 x 328 mm)
Gift of Jak Katalan in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Morgan Library and the 50th anniversary of the Association of Fellows, 1999.

Watermark: countermark, clock, with maker's name in a lozenge, I “heart” CVSSON (late 17th century French paper).
Both Pierre Rosenberg and Francois Marandet independently suggested a connection between the present sheet (formerly and unconvincingly given to Sebastien Bourdon) and the drawings of Sylvain Bonnet, dubbed in 1996 by Jean-Claude Boyer "the Master of the Oval" for his small format designs for painted miniatures. Two of these small drawings with scenes from the Story of Joseph were recently on the market in Paris [sale, Paris, Aguttes, 13 June 2017, lot 20].


Inscribed at lower left in an old hand in pen and brown ink, partially effaced, "C[or?]neille"; and on verso in a contemporary hand in pencil, "Bourdon".

Jak Katalan, New York.
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Katalan, Jak, former owner.

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