Preparatory Drawing for an Illustration of a Seventeenth-Century Dutch Tankard from the Demidov Collection
C. Prosdocimi Italian
Not on view
This drawing shows a tankard (covered drinking vessel) that was part of the Demidov Collection (Villa San Donato, Italy). According to the description on the drawing, the vessel was executed in gilt-silver, and was made in the Netherlands. The lion on the lid is said to refer to the city of Haarlem. The Demidov collection was dispersed at sales in Paris in 1863, on 21 February and 3 March 1870, and at the Villa San Donato (near Florence) in March 1880. The tankard was sold in the latter sale (lot 1259) and this drawing was made as the preparatory drawing for the corresponding illustration in the auction catalog. The object is also described in the "Dictionnaire de l'art, de la curiosité et du bibelot", published in Paris in 1883.