GIOVANNI DOMENICO TIEPOLO | OWLS ON A ROCKY PERCH
GIOVANNI DOMENICO TIEPOLO
Venice 1727 - 1804
OWLS ON A ROCKY PERCH
Pen and gray ink and gray and brown wash over traces of black chalk:
signed in brown ink, lower right: Domo Tiepolo f
267 by 196 mm; 10½ by 7¾ in
Hinge mounted in two places along the upper edge to a modern mount. There is evidence of some foxing to the sky and some less noticeable foxing to the bottom half of the sheet. There are some small nicks to the lower right corner. The work remains in otherwise good condition with the combination of media still relatively fresh and the image strong. Sold in a carved giltwood frame.
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The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (L.5184),
sale, Leipzig, C.G. Boerner, 29 April 1931, part of lot 244;
Dan Fellows Platt (1873-1938), Englewood, N.J. (L.750a);
Winslow (1907-1990) and Anna Ames, Sauderstown, R.I. (L.2602a),
thence by descent
This is a fine example of one of Tiepolo's animal drawings, depicting owls on a rocky perch. It belongs to the series of studies in which the artist placed animals on a trompe l'oeil ledge; see also lot 59, below. James Byam Shaw suggests that these may have been preliminary studies for the frescoes at the Tiepolo villa at Zianigo, near Padua. He speculates that after the artist's return from Spain in the autumn of 1770 he was planning to execute a frieze of animal subjects to run continuously round the upper part of one or more of the villa's rooms.1
1. J. Byam Shaw, 'The Remaining Frescoes in the Villa Tiepolo at Zianigo', The Burlington Magazine, vol. CI, 1959, pp. 391-95