Lot 124
  • 124

Giuseppe Barberi Rome 1748 - 1809

3,500 - 5,000 GBP
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  • Giuseppe Barberi
  • interior of a circular temple
  • pen and brown ink and wash, over black chalk;
    inscribed in brown ink on the old mount: Interno di un Tempio, che si potrebbe dedicare a Marte, the same inscription repeated on the reverse


Adolphe Stein (bears his dry stamp, lower right, not in Lugt);
purchased at his anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 4 July 2000, lot 24 (as Giuseppe Barberi)

Catalogue Note

This appears to be by the same hand as a drawing formerly in the collection of Lore and Rudolf Heinemann,1 which was attributed to Barberi on the basis of comparison with a drawing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.2  The largest group of drawings by this prolific artist is held at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York.  Several others are published, with helpful bibliography, in Architectural, Ornament, Landscape and Figure Drawings collected by Richard Wunder.3  Barberi trained initially as a goldsmith with Luigi Valadier, but his drawings include designs for architecture, theatre sets, furniture and sculpture as well.


1. Sold London, Christie's, 1 July 1997, lot 100

2. Mary L. Myers, Architectural and Ornament Drawings, New York 1975, no. 2.

3. Exhibition catalogue, Middlebury College, Vermont, 1975, nos. 66, 67 and 80