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    Sale 7618

    The Italian Sale

    20 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 111

    Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978)

    Piazza d'Italia con Arianna

    Price Realised  


    Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978)
    Piazza d'Italia con Arianna
    signed and dated 'G. de Chirico 1915' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    10 7/8 x 16 1/8in. (27.7 x 41.3cm.)
    Painted irca 1935-1939

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    This work is sold with a photo-certificate from the Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico, no. 0028/09/08.

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    Galleria del Milione, Milan, by 1939.
    Valdameri collection, Milan, by 1942.
    Carlo Frua de Angeli, Milan, by 1950.
    Vittorio E. Barbaroux, Milan.
    Private collection, New York, by 1970.
    Galleria il Collezionista, Milan, circa 1971.
    Fischer Fine Art, Ltd., London (no. C 2157), by 1973.
    Carl Laszlo, Basel.
    Private collection, Switzerland, by whom acquired from the above in 1978.
    Moeller Fine Art, New York.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 2001.


    R. Carrieri, Giorgio de Chirico, Milan 1942 (illustrated, pl. IV, dated '1915').
    A.D. Pica, Giorgio de Chirico, Metafisica, Milan 1946 (illustrated, pl. 3).
    C. Zervos (ed.), 'Un demi-siècle d'art italien', in Cahiers d'art, vol. XXV, no. 1, Paris 1950 (illustrated, p. 131, dated '1915').
    I. Far de Chirico, D. Porzio, A. Jouffroy, W. Schmied & M. Fagiolo dell'Arco, Conoscere de Chirico, La vita e l'opera dell'inventore della pittura metafisica, Milan 1979, no. 123 (illustrated, pp. 200 and 291).
    W. Schmied, A. Jouffroy, M. Fagiolo dell'Arco & D. Porzio, De Chirico, Leben und Werk, Munich 1980, no. 123 (illustrated, pp. 200, pl. 76, and 291).
    M. Fagiolo dell'Arco, I Bagni Misteriosi: de Chirico negli anni Trenta: Parigi, Italia, New York, Milan 1991, no. 26 (illustrated, p. 328).
    M. Fagiolo dell'Arco, Giorgio de Chirico, Gli anni Trenta, Milan 1995, no. 26 (illustrated, p. 328).


    Milan, Galleria del Milione, Metafisica, 1939.
    Zurich, Kunsthaus, Futurismo & Pittura Metafisica, November-December 1950, no. 136 (titled 'Italienischer Platz II', dated '1915').
    London, Arts Council of Great Britain, Modern Italian Art: An Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture held under the auspices of the Amici di Brera and the Italian Institute, 1948-1950, no. 41 (incorrectly illustrated as pl. 6a).
    Milan, Palazzo Reale, Giorgio de Chirico, April-May 1970 (illustrated, pl. 24, dated '1915').
    Hanover, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Giorgio de Chirico, July-August 1970, no. 24 (illustrated, p. 39, dated 'ca. 1915').
    London, Fischer Fine Art, Masters of the 20th Century, 1973.