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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Balthasar van der Ast, Dutch (Middelburg, Netherlands 1593 - 1657 Delft, Netherlands)
previously attributed to Bartholomeus Abrahamsz. Assteyn, Dutch (Dordrecht, Netherlands 1607 - after 1667 Dordrecht, Netherlands)
Checkerboard Bonnet Shell (Phalium Areola)
Other Titles
Former Title: A Shell: Phalium aureola
Work Type
c. 1620-40
Creation Place: Europe, Netherlands
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Physical Descriptions
Brown wash and transparent and opaque watercolor on cream antique laid paper, with a framing line in brown ink
12 x 19.6 cm (4 3/4 x 7 11/16 in.)
mount: 23 x 31.8 cm (9 1/16 x 12 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Brown ink, lower right: BA [in ligature with triad of dots]
  • inscription: center left, brown ink, Dutch: En gepleckt / Crombeckijen
  • inscription: mount, lower right corner, graphite: B v. d. Ast. 806
  • inscription: mount, verso, lower right, graphite: N 12
  • watermark: mount, lower edge: [fragment] VAN DER LEY
  • watermark: none
[Christie's, Amsterdam, 25 November 1992, part of lot 626], sold; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston; The Maida and George Abrams Collection, gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2013
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Gift of George S. Abrams in memory of John Richards II, Harvard Class of 1954
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Walter Liedtke and Michiel C. Plomp, Vermeer and the Delft School, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 2001), p. 445, under cat. no. 95, note 1

Exhibition History

Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/22/2003 - 07/06/2003

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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