Workshop of (?) Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Four Antique Lamps with Decorative Motifs of a Charioteer, Eros as Hunter, Two Animals on a Vase, and Two Dolphins
Red chalk on paper, irregularly cut.
9 3/4 x 7 inches (248 x 178 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.
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Watermark: Fleur-de-lis in circle, with letters "C C" above, fragment.
Numbered at upper right, in graphite, "15".
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. 30, repr.
Lamps with Dolphin and Eros motifs appear in "Le antichit ̉romane," 1756, vol. II, pl. XIII.
Although traditionally given to Piranesi himself, this sheet is more likely by a member of his workshop.
Morgan, Jane Norton, 1868-1925, former owner.
Morgan, Junius Spencer, 1892-1960, former owner.
Morgan, Henry S. (Henry Sturgis), 1900-1982, former owner.