Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (Venice 1727-1804)
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Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (Venice 1727-1804)

Punchinellos at a carpenter’s workshop

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (Venice 1727-1804)
Punchinellos at a carpenter’s workshop
signed ‘Dom.o Tiepolo f’ (lower left) and numbered, probably by the artist, ‘56’ (in the border, upper left)
black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, grey ink (in the left and right framing lines), watermark eagle with a crown and letters GFA (cf. Heawood 1263)
13 5/8 x 18 3/8 in. (34.6 x 46.5 cm)
Anonymous sale; London, Sotheby’s, 6 July 1920, part of lot 41 (where bought by Colnaghi for £610).
with Colnaghi, London, by whom sold, January 1921, to the following
with Richard Owen, Paris, by whom broken up and sold individually.
with Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi, Florence, by whom sold in December 1936 for £100 to
Brinsley, later Sir Brinsley, Ford (1908-1999).
G. Fogolari et al., Il Settecento Italiano, Milan and Rome, 1932, I, pl. CXCVII, fig. 298.
A.G. Bragaglia, Pulcinella, Rome, 1953, ill. p. 36.
A. Mariuz, Giandomenico Tiepolo, Venice, [1971], ‘Acqueforti e disegni’, fig. 34.
M.E. Vetrocq, Domenico Tiepolo’s Punchinello Drawings, exhib. cat., Bloomington, Indiana University Art Museum and Stanford University Art Museum, 1979-1980, no. S51, ill.
G. Knox, ‘Domenico Tiepolo’s Punchinello Drawings: Satire, or Labor of Love?’, in Satire in the Eighteenth Century, New York and London, 1983, pp. 129, 145, no. 56.
A.M. Gealt, Domenico Tiepolo. The Punchinello Drawings, New York, 1986, no. 51, ill. [French edition: Gian Domenico Tieopolo. Dessins de Polichinelle, Arcueil, 1986].
A.M. Gealt and G. Knox, Domenico Tiepolo, Master Draftsman, exhib. cat., Udine, Castello di Udine, and Bloomington, Indiana University Art Museum, 1996-1997, p. 246, no. 56 [Italian edition titled Giandomenico Tiepolo. Maestria e gioco. Disegni dal mondo].
B. Ford, ‘The Ford Collection’, Walpole Society, LX, II, 1998, pp. 99-101, no. RBF130, pl. 83 (catalogued by F. Russell).
Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Dessins de G.D. Tiepolo, 1921 (without catalogue).
Venice, Palazzo delle Biennali ai Giardini, Il Settecento Italiano, 1929, p. 27, section 5, in nos. 77-81.
Exeter, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exhibition of Works of Art from the Ford Collection, 1946, no. 130 (catalogue by B. Ford).
London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, and Birmingham, Museum and Art Gallery, Eighteenth Century Venice, 1951, no. 138m (note by F.J.B. Watson).
Venice, Palazzo Ducale, and Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Canaletto & Venezia, 2018-2019, no. VII.16, ill. [French edition titled Éblouissante Venise. Venise, les arts et l’Europe au XVIIIe siècle].

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Lot Essay

Among the numerous occupations of Punchinellos (for another example, see also fig. 5) is work at a carpenter’s workshop, of which several stages are depicted in beautiful detail in this scene. The couple of Punchinellos at left (with a woman donning a striped shawl, a favourite motif of Domenico’s) admire some finished or nearly finished pieces of furniture, while a group of Punchinellos are busy sawing, measuring and selecting wood. Several other drawings in the series with numbers preceding that of the present sheet represent Punchinellos gathering, chopping and sawing wood (Gealt, op. cit., nos. 42, 43, 45).

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