David Playing His Harp Before Saul
Possibly by Adriaen Thomasz Key (Netherlandish, about 1554–1589)
Le Blanc 1; Wurzbach 1; Thieme-Becker 12 (1916) p. 125; Hollstein 1; Hasselt 191; Strauss 101; Dora Zuntz, Frans Floris, Strassburg, 1929.
33.97 x 48.89 cm (13 3/8 x 19 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Chiaroscuro woodcut, printed from three blocks in brown and three shades of sepia-orange
Not On View
Inscribed on the base of the throne, lower left: SAUL . . I . REG. CA . XVI; on the edge of the platform, lower left: FRACISCVS FLORIS INVETOR . IVDOCE DE CVRIA EXCVDEBAT. 1555.
Watermark: crowned double eagle; verso, collector's stamp in black: P. Davidsohn [Lugt 654]; in graphite: Winkler. Ecole de Pays-Bas, I, p. 340. No. 1835, [?]; in grapite: [?]
Paul Davidsohn (b. 1839 - d. 1927?; Lugt 654), London, Vienna, and Berlin; May 3-8, 1920, his sale, Leipzig, C.G. Boerner, CXXIX, lot 2170. W. G. Russell Allen (b. 1882 - d. 1955), Boston; his bequest to the MFA. (Accession Date, October 23, 1985)
Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen