Proposed Coat of Arms for New Amsterdam, New Netherland: Preparatory Drawing for a Presentation to the Dutch West India Company
Krohn, Deborah, Peter Miller, and Marybeth De Filippis, eds., "Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick." New York: Bard Graduate Center, New-York Historical Society, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009, p. 173-175
Black ink and wash, watercolor, red and black chalk, and red gouache, with contours incised by a stylus on laid on paper, mounted on card
Overall (irregular): 12 x 14 1/4 in. (30.5 x 36.2 cm)Mat: 14 x 18 in. ( 35.6 x 45.7 cm )
Heraldry. Inscribed in ink below the coat of arms in mid 17th century script, in Dutch: "Nota dit waepe(n) was ee(n) concept doch niet goet gevonden" Translation: "Note: this coat of arms was a draft and was not approved"
Gift of J. Carson Brevoort
Inscribed in 17th century Dutch script in brown ink lower center: "Nota dit waepe(n) was alz [?] concept doch niet goet gevonden"; Translation: "Note: this coat of arms was a draft and was not approved"; inside escutcheon under beaver: I otter [?]"; old typed label on verso of card: "Drawing of a proposed coat of arms for the West-India Company, 1621-23, but not adopted. From the papers of J. Bontemantel, a shareholder and on the special committee of the New Netherlands."
Provenance: Johannes (Hans) Bontemantel, New Amsterdam (New York), c. 1630; Frederik Muller, Amsterdam, May 1869, lot 1368
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