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TEFAF Maastricht 2022 Highlights - Art



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  1. A group of six engravings by J. Mulder, P. Sluyter and D. Stoopendaal after Merian, with later hand-colour, of flowers, fruits and insects from Dissertatio de Generatione et Metamorphasibus Insectorum Surinamensium. Framed and glazed, overall dimensions: 38.2cm by 53.2cm.

  2. First edition, limited edition, one of 150 copies signed by Barbier, this being number 20; folio (37 x 29 cm); illustrated half-title with colour wood-engraved design, limitation verso, title with colour wood-engraved Harlequin vignette, 12 full wood-engraved colour plates, text in French by Flament, 2 large vignettes, 22 wood-engraved colour four-line initials as well as decorative devices in the text, engraved by Schmied after Barbier, many heightened in silver and gold, final wood-engraved colour vignette, list of plates and colophon, each leaf of text surrounded by decorative frame, marbled endpapers; original pictorial wrapper bound in, contemporary vellum over boards hand-coloured with oriental floral design, signed 'houy pinxit 1929' on the lower cover, marbled chemise with brown morocco label to spine with matching slipcase, slipcase and chemise slightly worn but otherwise an excellent copy.

  3. 10 albums, small oblong folio or folio (23 x 32 cm, or the reverse); 123 watercolour and gouache paintings on pith paper, some with captions and numbered (in Chinese characters and English), each mounted on paper with a pale blue silk border, each album with 'Tingqua' written in ink to upper flyleaf, some worming, stains and loss to paintings; uniformly bound in contemporary Chinese silk brocade with silk ties; housed in a contemporary Chinese silk brocade box (34.5 x 25 x 17 cm) with hinged lid and silk ribbon handles, box rather worn.

    The 10 albums comprise:
    1. Views of Canton, Whampoa, Bocca Tigris (Humen), and Macau (4)
    2. Portraits of the Emperor, Governor, Ambassador, General, and their spouses (12)
    3. The stages of life: birth, nursing, head shaving, school, marriage, exams, worship, at court, official travel, extended family, 60th birthday, death (12)
    4. Female occupations, including silk winding, embroidery, make up, clothes making, preparing hemp, dividing thread, weaving, and painting on silk (12)
    5. Scenes of women at leisure (6) and arrangements of flowers in baskets (6)
    6. Studies of flowers and insects (12)
    7. Studies of shells (6), and types of boats (6)
    8. Fishes (12
    9. Tea cultivation (12), and street traders (10)
    10. Chinese furniture and household objects (13)

  4. First edition, 2 parts and supplement in 1 vol; folio (45 x 32.5 cm); hand-coloured double-page map by G. Guerra and 59 engraved hand-coloured plates after Pietro Fabris, the plates edged in black with grey washed margins including two engraved titles; contemporary red morocco, richly gilt, covers with gilt dentelles. NB. lacks first leaf of text in vol. I, else an excellent example.

  5. Four works in one volume, large folio (53 x 39.5 cm). Opere varie: title printed in red and black with engraved vignette (Robison's second issue), Prima Parte, second edition, second issue, engraved frontispiece, and 16 plates, complete; 10 plates on 5 sheets from the Opere Varie [Wilton-Ely 45-50]; Two single plates: Pianta di ampio magnifico Collegio: A single plate, third state (of seven). [Robison 25] & Parte di ampio magnifico Porto: A single plate, fourth state (of eight). [Robison 26]. These 2 plates are here unnumbered, for later versions of the 1761 issue these plates have numbers added. (see Hind pg. 81); Grotteschi: 4 plates. Second or third states, [Robison 21 - 24]. Carceri: Second edition, second Issue. double-page engraved title, and 15 double-page plates (numbered II-XVI). Trofei di Ottaviano Augusto. First edition. Rome: G.G. Salmoni, 1753, title printed in red and black with engraved vignette, and 8 (of 9) unnumbered plates, 4 double-page, lacking one plate (the view of the Castello), title spotted. Antichita Romane de' Tempi della Republica. First edition, (1748), 30 engraved plates (including 2 titles, dedication, and 2 plates of inscriptions), eighteenth-century half calf, marbled boards, neat repairs to joints and extremities, a very handsome collection.



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