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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 149

    Bibiena Family, early 18th Century

    A ceremonial carriage: Design for the theatre

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    Bibiena Family, early 18th Century
    A ceremonial carriage: Design for the theatre
    black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, with perspectival indications
    9 3/8 x 9 5/8 in. (23.7 x 24.3 cm.)


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    This elaborate carriage or wheelchair was probably intended to be used on the stage. A drawing from the Anthony Blunt Collection (Courtauld Institute, London, Blunt 95), also attributed to the Bibiena family, shows the design for a coulisse with an almost identical wheel chair seen from behind. As part of a stage set both chairs would have been painted entirely in trompe l'oeil.

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    Provenance

    With Joanna Booth.
    L. Houthakker, his mark (not in Lugt).
    With Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox, 1991, no. 3.


    Literature

    P. Fuhring, Design into Art: drawings for architecture and ornament, the Lodewijk Houthakker Collection, London, 1989, I, p. 437, no. 712