Near-complete Piranesi’s ‘Vedute di Roma’ hits the block at ArtMaximum Aug. 24

A plate from a near complete copy of Piranesi’s Vedute di Roma estimated at €70,000-€140,000 by ArtMaximum in Brandenburg, Germany,

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BERLIN, Germany – A near complete copy of Piranesi’s Vedute di Roma will be auctioned this month. The two-volume edition, bound in the late 18th century, is offered by ArtMaximum on Thursday, August 24 with an estimate of €70,000-€140,000. Bidding is available via LiveAuctioneers.

Vedute di Roma (The Views of Rome) was the work that made Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) famous and helped create the Western vision of Rome as “the eternal city” and the centerpiece of any Grand Tour of Europe.

It was an epic undertaking. The Venetian archaeologist, artist and architect began work on the series in 1747 and continued right up until his death in 1778. While single framed prints appear at auction with some frequency, the complete set numbers 134 plates depicting both ancient, Renaissance and modern buildings in Rome, plus some views of Tivoli.

This album contains 121 etched double-page plates plus the folding plate titled Pianta di Roma e del Campo Marzio (A Great Plan of Rome and the Field of Mars).

As the plates were sold serially, clear dating of Piranesi print albums such as this is notoriously difficult. Most survivors mix what are called “lifetime” impressions with those published after 1778, when Piranesi’s sons Francesco and Pietro inherited the workshop.

A total of 43 plates in this copy are considered first state printings and at least 22 more are lifetime impressions captioned with Piranesi’s Palazzo Tomati address, where he moved in 1761. The remainder are thought to have been printed by his sons some time before the 1790s, when the prints were bound as two volumes in gilt morocco leather with marbled end papers.

The current rate of exchange is €1 = $1.09.

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Late September Hindman sales exceed $7.5M

Martin Wong, ‘Persuit (El Que Gane Pierde – He Who Wins Looses)’, $1.1 million
Martin Wong, ‘Persuit (El Que Gane Pierde – He Who Wins Looses)’, $1.1 million
Martin Wong, ‘Persuit (El Que Gane Pierde – He Who Wins Looses)’, $1.1 million

CHICAGO – Hindman Auctions presented its fall Fine Art sales this week, realizing more than $7.5 million across three days of sales and setting 15 new world auction records. A strong selection and intense bidding activity drove incredible results across the September 27 American and European Art, the September 28 Post War & Contemporary Art and the September 29 Prints & Multiples auctions. Martin Wong’s Persuit (El Que Gane Pierde – He Who Wins Looses) was the standout of the sales, setting a new world auction record for the artist and soaring past its presale estimate of $500,000 to $700,000 to achieve $1.1 million. Artworks by Hans Hofmann, Nicolai Fechin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Sonia Delaunay, Marc Chagall, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Frank Stella and Yvonne Thomas also achieved remarkable prices.Continue reading