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A set of three Italian 18th century Louis XVI period engravings by Giovanni Volpato and Giovanni Ottaviani

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A stunning and extremely decorative set of three Italian 18th century Louis XVI period engravings by Giovanni Volpato and Giovanni Ottaviani. Each engraving is set within its original giltwood frame with a fine wrap around mottled band. Each depicts beautiful... — Read More

  • Item # 11798
  • H: 45.75 in L: 18.75 in D: 1.25 in

    H: 116 cm L: 48 cm D: 3 cm

  • Italy
  • 18th Century
  • Giltwood
  • Louis XVI Period Read More
  • (Louis XVI Period) - Also known as Louis Seize, Louis XVI's style is a style of architecture, furniture, decoration, and art created during Louis XVI’s 19-year reign in France, just before the French Revolution. Thought to be a reaction and juxtaposition to the prior more elaborate styles, Louis XVI style developed at the end of the Baroque Period and continued until the birth of French Neoclassicism. King Louis XVI showed little enthusiasm for the old world styles of the Baroque Period and he sought out a create a new “beau ideal” that focused on the purity and grandeur of Ancient Romans and Greeks. Inspired by Ancient Roman architecture and art, distinct features of the Louis XVI style are linear lines, small repeated motifs, floral medallions hanging from ribbons, acanthus leaves, urns, dolphins, ram, and lion heads, and griffins. Greco-Roman elements, often used in earlier and later French styles, were also quick common and included fluted and twisted columns, Caryathids, and corbels.
  • Giovanni Volpato Read More , Giovanni Ottaviani Read More
  • Giovanni Volpato (1733-1803) was born in Bassano del Grappa where he received his first training from his mother, an embroiderer, and then studied under Giovanni Antonio Remondini. In 1762 he went to Venice and worked with Joseph Wagner and Francesco Bartolozzi, engraving several plates after Piazzetta, Mariotto, Amiconi, Zuccarelli, Marco Ricci and others. In 1771 he moved to Rome, where he founded a school of engraving and gained a reputation for his series of plates after the frescoes of the Raphael Rooms and Loggias in the Vatican which became much in demand among visitors to Rome. In 1785, he established a porcelain factory that made ceramic replicas of Greco-Roman originals to satisfy the demand for antique art during the Neoclassic period.
    Giovanni Ottaviani (1735-1808) was an Roman engraver best-known for his series of plates of the Vatican Loggie in the 1770s, of which he engraved the first two parts, and Volpato the third currently displayed at Blythe House in London.
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