Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Sketches of a Chimneypiece and Table
Pen and brown ink on paper with rectangle cut out at upper left; extraneous traces of red and black chalk; verso: black chalk and stylus indentations.
11 1/16 x 13 3/16 inches (281 x 336 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.

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Inscribed at center, in pen and brown ink, "Camilli marmi ò cigni // fronde o teste"; numbered at upper right, in graphite, "88".

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. 60, repr.


This drawing is related to Piranesi's Diverse Maniere but neither the chimneypiece nor table appear in the plates of that work. A drawing of a table in the collection of Sven Gahlen, London, is said by William Rieder (1973) to have been the upper left portion of the Morgan sheet.

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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.