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The Rugendas Letters:
Johann Moritz Rugendas’
First Voyage to Brazil
The Sections of Cap Trafalgar
The First Prussian Maritime Atlas
as Épreuves de luxe on Silk
in Early Restoration Framing
Kobell, Hendrik (1751 Rotterdam 1779). Gezicht van het Bergsche Veld, in het Land van Heusden, aan de Doversche Sluis, in de Overstrooming, den 15.den Nov. 1775. / Gezicht van den Storm en hogen Vloed, voor Elburg, den 21.sten Novemb. 1776. On the one hand man and live stock save themselves onto the dike summit in front of the chapel as the only spot still rising above the floods. On the other hand a tjalk attempts to turn about in front of the already flooded place with church and windmill. Before the place and in the background right further boats. 2 sheet. Etchings by Noach van der Meer II (Leiden 1741 – Amsterdam 1822; “had made himself a name by a number of valuable sheets”, Nagler) at Weduwe Jacobus Loveringh & Johannes Allart and Johannes Allart resp. 1775 and 1776 resp. C. 8¼-8½ × 12-12⅛ in (21-21.5 × 30.5-30.8 cm). Framed.
From two sets of illustrations of 6 and 5 sheet resp. with floodings in Johan Hendrik Hering’s Bespiegeling over Neêrlandsch waternood, tusschen den 14den. en 15den. nov: MDCCLXXV (Amsterdam, wed. Loveringh en Allart, 1776) and XXIsten en XXIIsten november, MDCCLXXVI (Amsterdam, Johannes Allart, 1778) resp. – Besides the indications of draughtsman, engraver, and publisher each lower right
and here moreover present as of absolute rarity
printed on silk:
“ For broadsheets , portraits of princely persons and suchlike
here and there white silk
was used instead of paper ”
(Bogeng in Lexikon des gesamten Buchwesens III , 269).
(Adolph Staring in Thieme-Becker XXI , p. 48).
In early restoration frames with corner decoration
by a Brussels frame maker as almost identical to Schmitz, Lexikon der europäischen Bilderrahmen, II, p. 93, ill. 89. And before per ill. 86 on the frames of the early restoration – to be set for 1820-30 – in general within late classicism:
The silk somewhat brittle due to age and therefore left on the old back pasteboard, to which the 1st sheet evenly adheres. This additionally somewhat warped and paled. The other, with regard to the print very fine sheet adhering only in the margins and turn parts and quite minimally waved. On the right in the white margin small imperfection. – The frames especially at the outer edges indeed age-marked, yet without impairing the general effect. And in such a manner in the combination of
silk proofs with still almost contemporary framing
of quite particular charm .
Offer no. 29,028 / EUR 1700. / export price EUR 1615. (c. US$ 1867.) + shipping