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Object ID #18358289

This is a Drawing. It is dated late 17th century and we acquired it in 1938. Its medium is pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, black chalk on white laid paper, laid down. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Léonard Chailleau was a French sculptor active in central Italy, where he was known as Leonardo Scaglia, or simply il Francese (“the French”). Known as a skilled woodcarver, he produced work for numerous church interiors in the Marche and Umbria regions. This fluid sketch of an angel blowing into a serpentine horn was likely a preliminary design for a sculpture as part of an ecclesiastic commission. Angels and putti feature prominently in Chailleau’s extant work.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.

  • Drawing (France)
  • recto: red chalk on white laid paper; verso: black chalk, graphite.
  • 1931-64-242

Its dimensions are

20.1 x 14.3cm (7 15/16 x 5 5/8in.) Mat: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in pen and brown ink, right edge: 42

Cite this object as

Object ID #18358289; Previously owned by Giovanni Piancastelli (Italian, 1845–1926); France; pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, black chalk on white laid paper, laid down; 20.1 x 14.3cm (7 15/16 x 5 5/8in.) Mat: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.); Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund; 1938-88-2213

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.

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