|Title:||Portefeuille Historique De L'Ornement Engraving/Plate # 1|
|Date/Era/Period:||1830's to 1850??|
|Description:||*******If possible I would like to request Sara Kinch as the appraiser as she has completed many previous art appraisals for me......Thank you.............Engraving/Plate 1840 titled " PORTEFEUILLE HISTORIQUE DE, L'ORNEMENT..........Art is Thin paper attached like a plat to thicker paper..............Bottom Left = Paris CHEZ A. HAUSER Bonlevart des Italiens. 11.................Bottom right = METZMACHER, del.et.Sc 1840................Top Right = " PL 1 "............Top Left = ????_arteau___ 1740( **Unable to read)........Top Center = 18 c SIECLE.............Size = 10 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches....................This item was found with several other plates/engravings and books and other authentic items from the years 1786-1850........|
|Condition:||Some stains and age spots and wear to edges and you can see at edges/corners that the engraving is on thin paper mounted on thicker paper......|
|Origin:||Estate sale...Found in box of art items and antique books from France, England, Italy & Germany from the year 1786 to 1850's.|
|Appraised By:||Sara Kinch|
|Appraiser Comments:||Thank you for the request and for the information. The artwork that you have submitted for inquiry is an engraving that is one page of decorations from a portfolio of designs for ornamentation titled "PORTEFEUILLE HISTORIQUE DE, L'ORNEMENT". The information "Paris, Chez A. Hauser, Boulevart des Italiens, II" (printed at lower left-hand corner of plate) refers to the publisher "House of A. Hauser" and the address "11 Boulevard of Italians". The date for publication of the portfolio is 1840 and the artwork described is ornamentation that appear to be cartoons that would have been part of furniture decoration or a part of the architecture within Eighteenth Century French and Italian design. The information at the top of the plate "18 c. Siecle" refers to the 18th Century. The plates that make up the artwork in this particular portfolio are most likely designs that are based on important architects and designers who were active during the 18th Century in France and Italy. I have researched this particular plate for a match with complete folios from this time period and area of design and I am unable to definitely assign the sheet to a complete, catalogued portfolio at the present time. (The present owner has mentioned that the sheet is part of a set of engravings purchased in a lot. If more plates are found to be a part of this particular volume, there may be a possibility of naming the entire portfolio suite.) There is a possibility that the plate may be from a volume known as "Ornaments of the Classical Masters", published in Paris in 1840 and 1841. This folio is presently held in the design collection of the Glasgow School of Art. The information "Metzmacher del et sculpt" is a reference to Emile - Pierre Metzmacher (1815 - 1890) France. "del et sculpt" means that Metzmacher was the artist and engraver of the plate. The date of 1840 which is printed after Metzmacher's name may be the date on which the artist completed the plate and the publication date for the entire portfolio may be one or two years after this date. Plate #1 (upper right-hand corner) most likely refers to the plate that you possess being the first plate in the suite. The portfolio may have been published for two reasons; one as a reference for designers or historians and secondly as a portfolio for pleasure of the beauty of the art. Condition is fair and this has an affect on the value of the print. Thank you for your inquiry. Sara Kinch|
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