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Le Devoir Naturel.
Le Devoir Naturel. Dédié à Son Altesse Royale Monseigneur le Duc de Savoye.
Dessiné par Lavy Peintre du Roi de Sardaigne. Par son très Humble très Soumis et très Fidel Serviteur Porporat. Graveur en 1770.
Se vend à Paris chés Basan et Poignant Mds. Estampes, rue et Hôtel Servente.
Engraving. 291 x 228mm. 11½ x 9". Cut.
A young mother gazing upon her sleeping baby while two other infants play before her. After Carlo Cignani (1628-1719).
[Ref: 26528]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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Veneris Triumphus.
Veneris Triumphus. Illa quidem totum dignissima temperat orbem. Illa tenet nullo regna minora Deo. Ovid: Fast: Lib: IV.V: 91.
C. Cignani inv: et. del: J.M. Liotard sculpsit.
[n.d., 1743.]
A rare & fine engraving. Sheet 500 x 865mm (19¾ x 34") Trimmed within plate.
A scene representing Love's triumph over learning, glory and the arts, one of seven cartoons drawn by Carlo Cignani (1628-1719) for the fresco decorations on the walls of a room in the Palazzo del Giardino at Parma. Venus sits holding Cupid in her arms as her triumphal chariot (drawn by two young satyrs and two putti with their hands tied behind their backs) crushes a book, an eagle standard, a sword, a pair of compasses, a laurel-wreath and a palette. The procession is headed by a winged youth playing a harp and includes the Three Graces. Cignani's frescoes were begun in about 1678 and survive today, although they suffered damage in the Second World War. The cartoons came into the possession of Joseph Smith (1682-1770, the British consul at Venice, 1744-60, and patron of Canaletto) in the 1730s, where Jean Michel Liotard saw them and engraved them for his 'Monochromata Septem Caroli Cignanti Bononiensis', as this print. The cartoons were bought by George III in 1762 and are now in the Royal Collection at Hampton Court.
[Ref: 46261]   £480.00  
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[Joesph and Zuleika.]
[Joesph and Zuleika.] Quomodo possum hoc malum facere, et peccare in Deum meum? Gen: c.39.9
Carolus Cignanus pinx. Iac. Frei Sc.
[n.d., c.1720]
Fine copper engraving, 470 x 330mm (18½ x 13") to platemark. Crease through centre slightly visible, large margins.
Potiphar's wife Zuleika embracing Joseph, who attempts to escape.
[Ref: 19717]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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