Algemeen kunstenaars Handboek; of, Schatkamer … Receuil des fontains, frontispices, pyramides, cartouches, desus-de-portes, bordures, medaillons, trophes, vases, frises, lutrins, tombeaux, pendules …

Amserdam, Jan Willem Smit, [c. 1775].

2 parts bound in one vol., folio, pp. [4], 39, [1], and two engraved frontispieces (the second bound after plate 49) and 103 engraved ornament plates; light spotting here and there in the margins, but a very good and uncut copy in contemporary half calf and speckled boards, modest gilt spine with red label.

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A fine suite of ornamental designs by the most prolific proponent of the Louis XVI style, the architect and ornament designer Jean Charles Delafosse (1721-89). This is the re-issue of his Iconologie Historique, originally published in Paris at Delalain in 1768. This edition has the French text together with a parallel Dutch translation; the text describes the first 77 plates.

The plates show designs for fountains, monuments (some in pyramid form), tombs, plinths and pedestals, oval wall hangings, consoles, vases, door ornamentation and overmantles, fire place ornamentation, ‘tables grecques’, candlesticks, chandeliers, richly ornamented pendulums, and ornaments celebrating the Hunt, War, Love, Fishing and Pastoral Live.

Not in Berlin Kat.; Guilmard, p. 218 note.

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