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Print by Giovanni Battista Piranesi: Labrum aegyptiacum porphyreticum (Sarcophagus of Egyptian po, represented by Childs Gallery

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Italian (1720-1778)

Labrum aegyptiacum porphyreticum (Sarcophagus of Egyptian porphyry), 1762
Etching and engraving

Taschen 486; Focillon 433; Wilton-Ely 564. From the series “Il Campo Marzio dell’antica Roma.” From the first Paris edition printed c.1799-1809. Signed in plate lower right: “Piranesi F.”; titled in plate lower left: “Labrum aegyptiacum porphyreticum, repertum inter rudera thermarum M. Agrippae, nunc urna / Sepulchralis Cinerum S. M. Clementis XII. in Basilica S. Ioannis Lateranensis. Operculum / haud efformatum est, quod recens factum, cum Labrum pro urna usurpatum est.” Paper bears watermark (Robison 80), which indicates a paper used until the mid 1830s. A fine impression in fine condition, with full margins.

Signature: Signed Lower Right