Paolo Posi

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Paolo Posi
1708-1776
Design for the Second Pyrotechnic Machine for the Festival of the Chinea of 1760
Pen and brown ink, with gray and brown wash, on paper.
16 1/8 x 22 1/4 inches (409 x 565 mm)
Purchased as the gift of the Fellows.
1962.8
Inscription: 

Signed at lower right of border, in pen and brown ink, "Paolo Posi Architetto"; inscribed within border, in pen and brown ink, "Prospetto della Seconda Machina rappresentante una Deliziosa all'uso cinese. Eretta per commando di Sua Eccellenza il Sig. DON LORENZO COLONNA Gran / Contestabile del Regno di Napoli &.&. come Ambasciatore straordinario di S.M. il RE' delle due Sicilie &.&.&. la Sera delli 29. Giugno 1760. Festa di Gloriosa Santi / Apostoli PIETRO, e PAOLO in occasione d'aver presentata la Chinea alla Santita' di Nostro Signore PAPA CLEMENTE XIII".

Provenance: 
Hans M. Calmann, London.
Bibliography: 

Adams, Frederick B., Jr., comp. Twelfth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1962. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1963, p. 88-89.
Pierpont Morgan Library. Review of Acquisitions, 1949-1968. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1969, p. 161.
Stampfle, Felice, and Jacob Bean. Drawings from New York collections. III: The eighteenth century in Italy. New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1971, no. 180, repr.

Notes: 

Engraved by Giuseppe Vasi.

Associated names: 

Calmann, Hans M., former owner.

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