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Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

Head of a man wearing a cap and a fur trimmed coat, seen in profile, looking to the left

Estimate:

15,000

to
- 20,000 USD

Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

Head of a man wearing a cap and a fur trimmed coat, seen in profile, looking to the left

Head of a man wearing a cap and a fur trimmed coat, seen in profile, looking to the left

Estimate:

15,000

to
- 20,000 USD

Lot sold:

37,800

USD

Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

Venice 1682 - 1754

Head of a man wearing a cap and a fur trimmed coat, seen in profile, looking to the left


Black chalk, heightened with white, on blue paper;

bears signature in pen and brown ink, lower right: Piazetta

370 by 267 mm; 14 ½ by 10 ½ in

Laid down. Light scattered foxing throughout. A tiny hole at the lower margin, near the right corner of the sheet and two small holes above the signature. Chalk remains strong. Sold unframed.


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.

Giovanni Battista Piazzetta established his international reputation as a talented draftsman very early in his career. Though known as a slow painter, he was able to draw quickly enough to produce large finished head studies, known as têtes de caractère, which were very much in demand from collectors and connoisseurs. These captivating and beautiful drawings of heads and half figures were intended as works of art in their own right to be framed and displayed on walls alongside painted compositions. Most were executed in black and white chalk on blue paper. The popularity of Piazzetta's head studies grew when his work attracted the attention of engravers.


We are grateful to Bernard Aikema, who, from seeing a digital image of the drawing, has kindly confirmed the attribution to Piazzetta.