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Au Choix Design for a Ceiling

Anonymous, Italian, first half of the 18th century or early 19th century
Pen and black ink, brush with gray wash and watercolor, over graphite. Measurement scale drawn along lower border
sheet: 10 3/8 x 6 11/16 in. (26.3 x 17 cm)
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1948
Accession Number:
Not on view
Design for a ceiling in which several variations are presented. Three options are presented for the central decoration, all with flower vases, which can be combined with one of four different options for a decorative frame.
Marking: Watermark: Yes.
Album previously owned by Hippolyte-Alexandre-Gabriel-Walter Destailleur (French, Paris, 1822–1893); Vendor: Album sold by Martin Breslauer, London
Catalogue de dessins et tableaux provenant de la Collection de Feu M. Hippolyte Destailleur: Dessins d'architecture et de décoration vues de Paris et des environs déssins de differents genres Sale cat. Hôtel Drouot, Paris, Paris, 1896.

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