Horace Walpole; Earl Beauchamp, his sale, London, Christie's, 15 June 1965, lot 76; sale, New York, Christie's, 25 January 2005, lot 86
It is not known why Giandomenico executed his series of drawings with angels, putti and amorini, although this group could have been inspired by Giambattista's decoration of the Stanza dei Putti in Villa Valmarana, Vicenza (completed in 1557). This sheet was once part of an album bound in simple paper boards, inscribed: 'DISEGNI A PENA DA CUADRETTI GIO: DOMENICO FIGLIO DI GIO: BATA': TIEPOLO CON ALCUNI DEL SUDETTO'. The album, which bore the bookplate of Horace Walpole, was dismantled at the time of the Beauchamp sale in 1965.
Hinge mounted in two places along the upper edge to a decorative mount. The ink has very fractionally sunk in places, however the work remains in otherwise good condition throughout, with the image strong. Sold in a modern giltwood frame. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.