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Follower of Scipione Pulzone (Gaeta circa 1550-1598 Rome). Portrait of a noblewoman

said to be Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Parma, in red costume with a white lace ruff and a pearl headdress. oil on canvas, oval. 73.2 x 59cm (28 13/16 x 23 1/4in) - Estimate: £5,000 - 8,000, €5,300 - 8,500

Notice: We are grateful to Alan Stubbs for informing us that the sitter in the present portrait approximates very closely to a portrait that was said to be of Margaret of Savoy (1589-1655), the wife of Francesco IV Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, which was last sold at Christie’s, 7 July, 1995, lot 228.

Bonhams. Old Master Paintings, 21 Apr 2009. Knightsbridge www.bonhams.com (Copyright © 2002-2009 Bonhams 1793 Ltd., Images and Text All Rights Reserved)