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Bartholomaüs Reiter (Active in Munich between 1583 - 1622)
The Entry of the Christ into Jerusalem
Pen and gray ink, gray wash, white gouache
169 x 130 mm (6 5/8 x 5 1/8 in.)
Dated and inscribed in pen and brown in upper left: 1611. Das erste Stück von den Evangelien

Provenance: Pieter Vischer, Basel (L.2116); Peter Vischer-Passavant; Jules Dupan, Geneva; Prince Wladimir Argoutinsky-Dolgoroukoff, Paris; Private collection, Germany

Painter, draftsman and engraver active in Munich around 1600, Bartholomaüs Reiter was considered one of the foremost artists of his time. Gray ink and gray wash are his favored techniques. The artist often annotated and dated his drawings in the upper margin as is seen in the present drawing.
Frans Francken II (1581 - 1642)
The Sacrifice of Isaac
Oil on marble
32,5 x 26 cm (12 3/4 x 10 1/4 in.), octagonal

The present painting is one of the only three known paintings executed on marble by the artist, the other being the Lamentation of Dead Christ in the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aachen, and The Crucifixion in a private collection in Italy. In the present painting, Francken uses the white ground of the marble to maximize the dramatic effects of the composition.
Lucas Franchoys (1616 - 1681)
A Head of a Woman Turned to the Left and Looking Upward
Black chalk, white heightening
325 x 250 mm (12 3/4 x 9 7/8 in.)

Provenance: Private collection, Austria

Lucas Franchoys was a Flemish painter active during the Counter Reformation. The artist seems to have favored the use of black and white chalk on beige or gray-blue papers. The present drawing could be a study after a sculpture. Franchoys could have used it to determine the pose of the head of the woman carrying the child in Saint Roch curing the plague victims in the church St John Baptiste and St John Evangelist in Mechelen.
Adrien van der Kabel or Cabel (1631 - 1705)
Study of a young Shepherd sleeping
Red chalk, framing line in pen and brown ink
154 x 158 mm
Inscription in pen and brown ink lower left: Vandercabel
Numbered on the mount in pen and black ink lower right: 2039-3.50
Johan Christiaan Wilem Safft (1778 - 1849)
Five Head Studies Wearing Hat
Red chalk
247 x 338 mm (9 3/4 x 13 1/4 in.)
Signed in red chalk higher right: J.C.W. Safft del
Provenance: unidentified collection (L. 2084)

A small number of Safft drawings are known. His drawings include both landscapes and figure studies.
Henry Fuseli, circle of, Late 18th century
The Fall of the Titans
Pen and gray ink, gray wash, white heightening
707 x 512 mm (27 7/8 x 20 1/8 in.)

Provenance: W. T. Schindler, Luzerne
Pierre Joseph Célestin François (1759 - 1851)
Fontaine Egeria
Pen and brown ink, brown wash
173 x 138 mm (6 3/4 x 5 3/8 in.)
Signed and dated lower right: J. françois/ 1790
Inscribed in pen and brown ink lower center: Fontana Egeria

Provenance: Albert van Loock (L.3751); Iohan Quirijn van Regteren Altena (L.4617); His sale Christie's Amsterdam, 10th December 2014, lot 58

Belgian neoclassical painter Pierre Joseph Célestin François executed mostly history paintings. He travelled twice to Italy, first between 1778 and 1781 and then between 1789 and 1792. Our drawing was executed during the artist's second stay.
Albert Küchler (1803 - 1886)
Young Italian Peasant Girl wearing a Tambourine on her Head
225 x 145 mm (8 7/8 x 5 3/4 in.)
Signed in graphite lower right: A. Küchler
Inscribed on the verso in graphite: Dominica/ Civitella

Albert Küchler was a Danish artist active in Rome in the nineteenth century. The present drawing is preparatory for the little girl in the artist's painting A Young Abbot Recites his Lesson to his Sister today in the museum Thorvaldsen, Copenhaguen. The painting was executed in 1838 and our drawing was likely made just prior to the painting. The inscription Dominica on the verso may be the name of the model. Civitella likely refers to where the drawing was executed.
Carl Ludwig Plötz (1804 - 1849)
Self Portrait
Watercolor and black chalk, on two pieces of paper
145 x 115 mm (5 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.)
Numbered in pen and brown ink lower right: 2/4

Carl Ludwig Plötz was a Danish painter of miniatures. He was the son and pupil of Heinrich Plötz who was also a miniaturist. Other miniatures by the artist include the portraits of Thorwaldsen, king Frederik V, king Frédéric VII and The Funerals of king Christian VIII today in the museum of Frederiksberg.
Max Seliger (1865 - 1920)
View of a Forest near Ernsthöhe
Charcoal and white chalk on blue paper
305 x 235 mm (12 x 9 1/4 in.)
Signed, dated, and inscribed lower left: M.S. VIII 86/ Ernsthöhe

Painter, draftsman, illustrator, and engraver, Max Seliger also conceived architectural decorations. The present drawing, dated August 1886, gives evidence of the interest of Seliger for drawing outdoors. This view of forest, executed with a strong contrast of lights and shadows, shows the influence of the landscape drawings by Adolf von Menzel on the young Seliger. The inscription Ernsthöhe refers to a nearby region of Coburg in Bavaria where the drawing was executed.