Decorative Letter "I" with Putti (Embroidery Design?)
Anonymous, Italian, 16th century
Pen and brown ink, watercolor, on vellum
sheet: 3 15/16 x 3 1/8 in. (10 x 8 cm)
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1952
Not on view
Marking: Partial stamp in purple ink (Lugt 47a, as can be reconstructed from the examples of the stamp when whole) of the Duke of Savoia-Genova, probably to be identified with Tommaso Alberto Vittorio di Savoia-Genova (1854-1931).
Duke of Savoia-Genova, probably to be identified with Tommaso Alberto Vittorio di Savoia-Genova; Vendor: János Scholz (Hungarian)
János Scholz Italian Master Drawings 1350-1800 from the Janos Scholz Collection. New York, 1976, p. ix (discussing generally the group of 312 drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that includes the present drawing, all as emanating from the Royal House of Savoy and as having been sold to Scholz about 1952 by a dealer.).
Piera Giovanna Tordella Il collezionismo dei disegni a Torino e in Piemonte da Emanuele Filiberto all'età napoleonica. "...quei leggierissimi tocchi di penna o matita..." Le prime collezioni di disegni in Piemonte. Ed. by Gianni Carlo Sciolla, Milan and Regione Piemonte, 1996, pp. 25-26 and note 66 (quoting Scholz's recollection and noting the Turinese provenance of some drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.).