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    Sale 2811

    European Noble and Private Collections

    24 - 25 June 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 632

    A PAIR OF HAND-COLOURED ENGRAVINGS OF ARCHITECTURAL PANELS OF THE RAPHAEL'S VATICAN LOGGIA

    BY JOANNES VOLPATO, ROME, CIRCA 1774 AND 1775

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    A PAIR OF HAND-COLOURED ENGRAVINGS OF ARCHITECTURAL PANELS OF THE RAPHAEL'S VATICAN LOGGIA
    BY JOANNES VOLPATO, ROME, CIRCA 1774 AND 1775
    One inscribed Cum privilegio SSmi Dni.Nri Clementis XIV/Ludovicus Teseo Taurinensis delin./Joannes Volpato sculp. Romae 1774 and with scales to the lower margin, the other inscribed Ludovicus Teseo Taurinensis delin./Joannes Volpato sculp. Romae 1775, each in a glazed gilt frame; unexamined out of frame
    103 cm. high x 45.5 cm. wide (plates) (2)


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    These luxurious engravings, with trompe l'oeuil Roman architecture inspired by Nero's Golden House, derive from the engravings of Raphael's Vatican Loggie wall decoration.
    These early 16th century schemes were published in the Delle Loggie di Rafaele nel Vaticano, Rome 1772-1776, after drawings by Gaetano Savorelli (d. 1791) and Pietro Camporese (1763 - 1822), engraved by Giovanni Ottaviani (1735 - 1808). The third part engraved by Giovanni Volpato (1733 - 1803) after drawings by Ludovico Teseo (1731 - 1782), these engravings belongs to this latter group.
    A set numbered I, III, VII, X, XI, XII, with provenance from Falanga Naples, sold at Christie's, London, 13 November 2003, lot 274. And two hand-coloured engravings at Christie's, London, 3 March 2003, lot 60. These were inspired by Giovanni Volpato's engravings and attributed to the designer Jean-Baptiste Reveillon (d. 1811), who was appointed Manufacture Royale to Louis XVI in 1784. These plates were possibly acquired by George Onslow (d. 1814), 1st Earl of Onslow, during his visits to Paris in the early 1780's whilst serving as Lord-in-Waiting to George III. They are contemporary with some of Reveillon's 'Les Deux Pigeons' paper, which the Earls acquired at this period for the drawing room at Clandon Park, Surrey (see: J. Cornforth et al, Clandon Park, 1995, p. 16).
    A group of nineteen sold at Christie's South Kensington, London, 13 September 2005, lot 409. And a group of seventeen was sold Christie's Amsterdam, Noble House sale, 2758, lot 516.

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