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    Sale 5444

    Town & Country Perspectives - The Charles Plante Collection

    4 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 74

    ATTRIBUTED TO PIETRO GHINELLI (ITALIAN, CIRCA 1823)

    Three designs for friezes in the Teatro delle Muse, Ancona, Italy

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    ATTRIBUTED TO PIETRO GHINELLI (ITALIAN, CIRCA 1823)
    Three designs for friezes in the Teatro delle Muse, Ancona, Italy
    Each inscribed in Italian 'Primo Ordine'; 'Secondo Ordine' and 'Terzo Ordine' and stamped with the coat-of-arms of the municipality of Ancona
    watercolour, ink and wash
    3 1/8 x 15½ (8 x 39.5 cm.)
    Together with a further design for a neo-classical frieze, numbered '20' (lower centre), watercolour, ink and wash, heightened with gold --3 x 13.5 in (7.6 x 34.3 cm.), all in verre églomisé mounts
    four in the lot (4)


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    The stamp which appears on three of the four drawings sold here bears the coat-of-arms for the Province of Ancona on the Adriatic Coast.
    The drawings offered here would appear from their inscriptions to be designs for the Teatro delle Muse, designed by the architect Pietro Ghinelli (1759-1834) in the 1820s. The theatre's inaugural concert was held on the 28 April 1827 and was a performance of the Operas Aureliano in Palmira and Ricciardo e Zoraide by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868). The theatre was damaged during the Second World War and the interior was extensively refurbished in the 1960s. Today, only the neo-classical facade remains from Ghinelli's original designs.

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