Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
1720-1778
Design for a Mantelpiece with Wreath at Center of Lintel and Lion Paw Terminating in Head on Jambs, Separate Sketch of Column Base. Verso: Fragmentary sketch of a wall panel
Pen and brown ink, over red and black chalk, on two sheets of paper pasted together; verso: pen and brown ink.
9 1/8 x 14 5/16 inches (232 x 364 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.
1966.11:63

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Sheet 1: Watermark: Fleur-de-lis inside circle, letter "B" below circle, fragment. On left sheet of paper.
Sheet 2: Watermark: Fleur-de-lis inside double circle, with letters "CB" above circle, fragment. On right sheet of paper.

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. 63, repr.

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Study for an etching in "Diverse maniere d'adornare i cammini," 1769, f. 893.

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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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