Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Design for Oval Mirror Frame with Festoons and Winged Putto Heads
ca. 1750-1765
Pen and brown ink, with gray wash, over graphite, on paper; border in pen and brown ink.
18 5/8 x 13 9/16 inches (473 x 344 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.
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. 107, repr.


This and the related drawings 1966.11:108 and 1966.11:109 are difficult to pin down in Piranesi's work. They do not seem to relate to the decorative art designs produced for the Diverse Maniere but probably date instead to the previous decade.
Watermark: fleur-de-lis inside double circle, CB below circle.

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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.