Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Design for a Chimneypiece with a Bird, Satyr Head, and Volutes, with Separate Details of Ornament. Verso: Outline sketch of reclining winged figure in angle of pediment
Red chalk, pen and brown ink, over red chalk, on paper; extraneous drips of black ink along upper edge; verso: black chalk, pen and brown ink.
8 x 11 3/8 inches (204 x 289 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.
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Inscribed at right, in pen and brown ink, "a miente [miemite?]"; on verso, repeated five times, "fortuna".
Watermark: Fleur-de-lis inside circle, fragment.
Mrs. J. P. Morgan, New York; by descent to her sons Junius S. Morgan, Princeton and Paris (no mark, see Lugt 1536) and Henry S. Morgan, New York.
Stampfle, Felice. Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Dover, 1978, no. 64, repr.
The wreath ornament drawn in red chalk at lower right relates this sketch to 1966.11:63.
Morgan, Jane Norton, 1868-1925, former owner.
Morgan, Junius Spencer, 1892-1960, former owner.
Morgan, Henry S. (Henry Sturgis), 1900-1982, former owner.