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Design for an elaborate sconce with allegorical figures of three virtues

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It is extremely difficult to determine the authorship and date of goldsmiths' drawings. In the absence of signatures or other documentation, a degree of uncertainty always remains. Though the attribution to Erasmus Hornick may be supplanted some day, it serves as an index to approximate the...

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Sold New York, Christie's, 28 January 1999, lot 106; to Tom Rassieur (born 1957, St. Louis); his gift to MFA, March 26, 2008.

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Gift of Tom Rassieur in memory of Tracey Albainy

Second half of the 16th Century


Sheet: 20.5 x 32.6 cm (8 1/16 x 12 13/16 in.)

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Pen and ink with brush and wash over black chalk


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