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Drawing, Design for a Centerpiece

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Pietro Belli. We acquired it in 1938. Its medium is pen and brown ink, brush and gray and pale yellow watercolor over graphite on light green paper . It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Like other architects of this period, Belli created a wealth of designs for the tabletop, going beyond the centerpiece seen here, to include serving and other flatware pieces with the clean lines of early neo-classicism.

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Drawing, Design for a Centerpiece; Designed by Pietro Belli (Italian, 1780–1828); Italy; pen and brown ink, brush and gray and pale yellow watercolor over graphite on light green paper ; 1938-88-5779

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005 and The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.

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