Arnoldus Syens

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Arnoldus Syens
1640-1678
Prickly Pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) in a Pot
Watercolor over dark graphite on laid paper.
13 x 8 1/8 in (330 x 208 mm)
Bequest of Charles Ryskamp.
2010.176
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Inscribed at lower left, in pen and brown ink, "Ficus judica folio longiore / spinosussimo. / Ansilvestris Ban'h: Pin:".
Watermark: Letters "PB" placed between two chain lines.

Provenance: 
Prof. Alphonse Vorenkamp (1898-1953), Northampton, MA, 1935; Schaeffer Galleries (dealer), New York, 1942; Charles Ryskamp, Princeton and New York.
Bibliography: 

William Griswold et. al., The World Observed: Five Centuries of Drawings from the Collection of Charles Ryskamp. New York, 2001, no. 25, repr. in color.
New York 1948, no. 52

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Associated names: 

Vorenkamp, Alphonse, 1898-1953, former owner.
Ryskamp, Charles, former owner.

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