Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
1720-1778
Design for a Mantelpiece with Relief with Six Figures at Center of Lintel, Sea Deities at Either End, and Foliate Ornament with Minerva and Bucrane on Jambs
Pen and gray-brown ink, over black chalk, on paper.
9 11/16 x 13 3/8 inches (246 x 340 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.
1966.11:85
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Numbered at right, in black chalk, "8 1/2 // 11 1/2", each encircled; numbered at lower right, in graphite, "98".

Provenance: 
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.
Bibliography: 

Stampfle, Felice. Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Dover, 1978, no. 85, repr.

Associated names: 

Morgan, Jane Norton, 1868-1925, former owner.
Morgan, Junius Spencer, 1892-1960, former owner.
Morgan, Henry S. (Henry Sturgis), 1900-1982, former owner.

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