GIOVANNI BATTISTA TIEPOLO (VENICE 1696-1770 MADRID)
PROPERTY OF HEIRS OF FRANZ KOENIGS
GIOVANNI BATTISTA TIEPOLO (VENICE 1696-1770 MADRID)

Study of a woman folding her hands, seen from below

Details
GIOVANNI BATTISTA TIEPOLO (VENICE 1696-1770 MADRID)
Study of a woman folding her hands, seen from below
pen and brown ink, brown wash
8 1/8 x 5 ½ in. (20.6 x 14.1 cm)
Provenance
Count Bernardino Algarotti-Corniani, Venice.
Edward Cheney (1803–1884), Badger Hall, Shropshire, and by descent to
his brother-in-law Colonel Alfred Capel-Cure (1826-1896), Blake Hall, Essex; Sotheby’s, London, 29 April 1885, probably part of lot 1024.
with Messrs. B.T. Batsford, London; Christie’s, London, 14 July 1914, part of lot 49 (£120 to Parsons).
Franz Wilhelm Koenigs (1881-1941), Haarlem, presumably acquired circa 1900-1920; thence by descent to the present owners.

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Lot Essay

Swiftly yet masterfully executed representations of figures in steep foreshortening, such as the present one, were most likely first ideas for characters that Tiepolo could use in the many frescoed ceilings he created. This drawing once belonged to Edward Cheney, who owned nine volumes of drawings from Tiepolo’s studio. One of these volumes was entitled Sole figure per soffitti (‘single figures for ceilings’), and may have contained the sheet under discussion. The album from which the present drawing comes was dismembered sometime after it was sold at Christie’s in 1914, and its contents is now scattered in numerous private and public collections, for instance four drawings in the Robert Lehman Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, inv. 1975.1.426-1975.1.429 (see G. Knox in The Robert Lehman Collection, VI, Italian Eighteenth-Century Drawings, New York, 1987, nos. 83-86, ill.).

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