Caricature of a man with a muff
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Caricature of a man with a muff

Live Auction: 27 January 2021 • New York

Caricature of a man with a muff
Caricature of a man with a muff
Caricature of a man with a muff
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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Caricature of a man with a muff

Estimate:

18,000 - 22,000 USD

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Caricature of a man with a muff

Caricature of a man with a muff

Estimate:

18,000 - 22,000 USD

Description

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Venice 1696 - 1770 Madrid

Caricature of a man with a muff


Pen and black ink and gray wash

209 by 218 mm; 8 1/4 by 6 in

Condition report

Hinge mounted to a modern mount. There are some old creases, integral to the paper, along the right edge and a small brown stain to the man's hat. The drawing remains in otherwise very good condition throughout, with the combination of media still in splendid, original condition. Sold unframed.


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Provenance

Thomas Banks (1735-1805), London (L.2423);
Thomas Dimsdale (1758-1823), London (L.2426);
Unidentified collector's mark (L.975);
Baron Garner;
Private Collection, Zurich;
with Spencer Samuels, New York, French and Italian 18th Century Master Drawings, 1985, no. 17,
where acquired, 1985

Catalogue note

This spirited caricature is very close in size, execution and style to others by Giovanni Battista in his Tomo terzo di caricature, dated by Knox to the period of 1754-62.  The Tomo Terzo, formerly in the Algarotti-Corniani collection, was dismantled in order to be sold at Christie's on 9 April 1943.  Tiepolo's caricatures must originally have been preserved in three volumes, and in an 1854 catalogue of the Algarotti-Corniani collection, two such volumes are listed, containing 'una copiosa collezione di disegni umoristici del Tiepolo'.1   

1.  G. Knox, Tiepolo, A Bicentenary Exhibition, exhib. cat., Cambridge, Fogg Art Museum, 1970, no. 87