22 May 2008
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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.)
With Joanna Booth.
L. Houthakker, his mark (not in Lugt).
With Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox, 1991, no. 3.
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P. Fuhring, Design into Art: drawings for architecture and ornament, the Lodewijk Houthakker Collection, London, 1989, I, p. 437, no. 712
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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