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La collection Spitzer. Antiquité - Moyen-Age - Renaissance.

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Paris, Maison Quantin, 1890

Sumptuous contemporary bindings by Zaehnsdorff.

One of the most important collections of handicrafts from the Middle-Ages and the Renaissance, amassed by one man, Frédéric Spitzer (1815-1890). This unique collection includes thousands of superb objects described by the leading art scholars of the time, such as Alfred Darcel, Leon Palustre, Eugene Munt, Emile Molinier, etc.

Three years after his death ins 1890 (born 1915) Frédéric Sptizer's splendid private collection of antiques, Medieval and Renaissance art, arms and armour was auctioned in Paris for a total of 9 million Francs, much of it purchased by Sir George Salting (1835-1909), who in turn bequeathed his collection to the British Museum, the National Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Vol. 1 Antiques, ivoires, orfévrerie reliqieuse, tapisseries.
Vol. 2 Émaux peint, meubles et bois sculptés, faïences de Saint-Porchaire, faïences de Bernard Palissy, serrurerie, cuirs.
Vol. 3 Orfévrerie civile, incrustations sur métal, peintres sur verre,

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Number 33 of a limited edition of 600 copies; 6 vols, folio (510 x 380 mm); 342 chromolithographed and heliogravure plates (some heightened in gold), numerous illustrations in the text, random foxing, mostly to fly-leaves and tissue-guards with resultant offsetting to some plates (mostly margins), more so to vol. I , text generally clean and bright; extremely lavish contemporary bindings by Zaehnsdorf of chestnut morocco with exceptionally fine, intricate gilt panels, in rose and white gold, to boards and spines, gilt dentelles, red moiré doublures, each with contemporary gilt coat of arms of the Lawrence family, top edges gilt, a few superficial scuffs, mild fading to spines, otherwise fine; original cloth covered slip-cases, with wraparound faux leather spines, some wear, some joints starting on cases, otherwise still very serviceable and presentable.


Stock ID:102233

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