Attributed to Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

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Attributed to Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
1696-1770
Arcadian Idyll with a Group of People Listening to a Man Playing the Flute
Pen and brown ink and wash, over graphite, on paper.
Sheet: 16 15/16 x 11 1/8 inches (430 x 282 mm); design area: 13 5/16 x 8 9/16 inches (378 x 217 mm)
Gift of Janos Scholz.
1983.44
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Inscribed on verso, in pen and brown ink, "Tiepolo // D".
Watermark: Three crescents (similar to Heawood 870); descending in size.

Provenance: 
Armand-François-Louis de Mestral de St. Saphorin, Switzerland; Alfred Bovet, Switzerland?; Eugène Burnand, Sepey, Switzerland (no mark; see Lugt S. 314d); acquired in 1972 in Geneva by Janos Scholz, New York (see Lugt S. 2933b).
Bibliography: 

Venetian Drawings from the Collection of János Scholz. Montgomery, Ala. : Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 1976, no. 56, repr.
The Tiepolos: Painters to Princes and Prelates, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Ala., 1978, no. 35, repr.
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twentieth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981-1983. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, p. 307.

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Saint-Saphorin, Armand-François-Louis de Mestral de, 1738-1805, former owner.
Bovet, Alfred, b. 1859, former owner.
Burnand, Eugène, 1850-1921, former owner.
Scholz, János, former owner.

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