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Rare 18th-Century drawing by Rococo artist Tiepolo discovered in English Estate’s attic

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It might seem strange for someone to misplace a work of art worth well over 100,000 British pounds. But after a member of the wealthy Sitwell family purchased a whimsical 18th-century Italian drawing in 1936, the work of art was tucked away and forgotten in one of the many rooms at Weston Hall, the family’s grand estate in Northamptonshire.

“No one seemed to know where [the drawing] was, or even give it a second thought,” notes Henrietta Sitwell, a descendant of the well-known English literary family, in a statement from Dreweatts, which is set to sell the contents of Weston Hall next month.

The Sitwell heirs decided to auction off the family’s inventory of fine goods earlier this year. Combing through the hall’s nine attics, reports Neil Johnston for the London Times, Henrietta stumbled onto a surprise: a small work of art wrapped in bubble wrap and leaning against the wall.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drawing-italy-england-discovery-rare-180978863/

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Wistman

um...........WOW!   :o  GB Tiepolo's Punchinelli series of drawings are among his very best, a relaxed but supreme artist drawing for himself in an amusing way, so they are highly sought and valuable, immensely skillful and beautiful.  What a find.

Though I consider it a little sad the Sitwells are selling their wonderful old family home and all the heirloom artifacts and decorations.  They'll make money on it all for sure, but lose their storied patrimony.

 

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