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Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

Madonna and Child

Estimate:

6,000 - 8,000 USD

Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child

Estimate:

6,000 - 8,000 USD

Current bid:

8,500

USD

(13 bids, reserve met)

Lot closes:

Lot closes:

1 day, 5 hours

1 day, 5 hours

January 26, 07:49 PM (GMT)

January 26, 07:49 PM (GMT)

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Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

Venice 1682 - 1754

Madonna and Child


Red chalk over traces of black chalk;

bears old attribution in brown ink, lower right: Gianbatista Piazzetta Ven

207 by 151 mm; 8⅛ by 6 in.

Laid down to a paper backing. There is some very minor scattered foxing to the sheet and a small repaired loss to the lower right corner. With the exception of some minor surface dirt the sheet remains in good condition throughout, with the chalk fresh and vibrant and the overall image strong. Sold unframed.


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The Reliable Venetian Collector (L.3005c), his inscription 'Gianbatista Piazzetta Ven';
Duke Roberto Ferretti di Castelferretto,
by whom sold, London, Christie's, 16 April 1991, lot 181;
with Crispian Riley-Smith, London, by 1999,
where acquired by the present owner

This subtle and delicate red chalk drawing is the preparatory study for a print published by Giovanni Battista Finazzi, a very rare impression of which is in the collection of the Museo Correr, Venice.


The engraving is inscribed 'Gio Batta Piazzetta in. / CONTINUA PROTECTIONE / CUSTODI / Gio Batta. Finazzi a. Gio Grisostomo' and Professor George Knox previously suggested that the present work may be Piazzetta's earliest known drawing.


Stylistically, our drawing can be closely compared to another sensitively executed early work by Piazzetta, depicting The Madonna and Child Giving a Scapular to an Angel, until last year in the collection of Dr. John O'Brien.1


1. Sale, New York, Sotheby's, From Taddeo to Tiepolo: The Dr. John O’Brien Collection of Old Master Drawings, 27 January 2021, lot 243 ($25,200)