VENITIAN

[The Ca’ Farsetti palace, Venezia, now the town hall of Venice.] Autograph Signature of ‘Made. Farsetti \ Nobile Veneta’, with note in English identifying her as ‘The original owner of the House that is now the Gran Bretagna at Venice.’

Author: 
Madame Farsetti, owner of the Ca’ Farsetti palace, Venice, later the Gran Bretagna, now the town hall of Venice [Casanova]
Farsetti
Publication details: 
[The English note dates the signature to between 1804 and 1826, when the Ca’ Farsetti in Venice was the hotel Gran Bretagna, before becoming the town hall of Venice.]
£30.00
Farsetti

The head of the noble Farsetti family Tommaso Farsetti was described by Casanova as ‘a Venetian of noble birth, a knight of Malta, a great student of the occult sciences, and a good Latin versifier’.

Engraved bookplate headed 'LA FELICITA' DELLE LETTERE'.

Author: 
Antonio Visentini (Venice, 1688-1782), Italian (Venetian) engraver
Publication details: 
Without date or place, but with 'Ant. Visentini Inu. Del. et Sculpsit.' at foot.
£180.00

Dimensions of plate roughly four and a half inches by six and a half wide. Dimensions of paper roughly five inches by seven wide. Clear image on stained, grubby laid paper. Shows mythological figure with helmet and shield holding up a book, within a monumental border with coins, ivy, statuary, etc. This bookplate has been found in conjunction with another reading "Ex Libris Alexandri Torrigiani Med. Doct. Coll. Parmensis", and this may provide a clue to the provenance.

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