Circa 1700 – 1775
Ornamental drawing : a Bacchante and two cupids in a frame decorated with mascarons, garlands, sirens and putti
Pen and brown ink, brown and grey wash. Inscribed on the mount de la collection de J. B. Descamps. Numbered lower right on the mount N° 217*.
297 x 210 mm – 11,69 x 8,27 in.
Provenance: J. B. Descamps (according the inscription on the old mount, which maybe his own) ; Baron Dominique Vivant-Denon, his mark (Lugt 779) ; Jean-Marc Dupan (Lugt 1440 on the mount, recto), Hoschédé, his mark (Lugt 2006) and his sale 12 November 1859, Paris; Eugène Susini, his mark (Lugt 3769); Gallery Paul Prouté, Paris; private collection.
Giovanni Bettati worked in Rome with the goldsmiths Giovanni Battista Dulermier and Carlo and Francesco Giardoni before earning his hallmark of a master goldsmith in 1751. He then joined Luigi Valadier’s workshop, first as a draughtsman, then as a designer and a creator. His drawings remained with Valadier, with whom he was often mistaken. This beautiful sheet shows a refined ornamental design. The inscription referring to Jean-Baptiste Descamps may suggest that it is his own mount. Jean Baptiste Descamps (1714 – 1791) was an artist and art historian, a former pupil of Largillière and a member of the Academie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, who founded in Rouen a drawing school, following the Académie example and which was an incentive for the opening of many other schools in provincial towns, in Dijon for instance. The sophistication of the mount enhances the beauty of the drawing and makes it a rare piece of art.
Condition report – Very good condition. Laid down on the old mount.