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Johann Wilhelm Weinmann Engravings of Grapes- Set of Four

Documentation Certificate of Authenticity
Origin Germany
Period 18th Century
Materials Printed and hand colored paper
W. 11 in; H. 18 in; D. 1.75 in;
W. 27.94 cm; H. 45.72 cm; D. 4.45 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date 1740
Description Johann Wilhelm Weinmann Engravings of Grapes,
Set of Four,
Circa 1740

Johann Weinmann engravings of grapes, each engraved by Seuter (S to lower right of each). The engravings are within a Sapele wood shadow box with rounded corners.

The Johann Weinmann engravings of grapes include the following types
N. 1014, Vitis Corinthiaca & Vitis Vinifera;
N. 1015, Vitis vinifera, Vin blanc;
N. 1016, Vitis Vinifera fructa;
N. 1017 Vitis Selinoides

Dimensions: 18 inches high x 11 inches wide x 1 3/4 inches deep

Sapele is a large hardwood tree naturally that has a widespread growth range across Africa. It is common for the trunk to exceed 6 feet in diameter and it has a very straight trunk with little to no branching below 80 feet. This yields very straight-grained, wide, and long lumber.

Reference: Based on Weinmann's collection of plants, and financed by him, this is the first complete edition of what amounts to a comprehensive iconography of all the flowers, fruit, and vegetables in cultivation in early-18th century Europe. Georg Dionysius Ehret's pivotal contribution to the work is nowhere acknowledged as the artist parted with Weinmann after producing 500 designs. Weinmann, an apothecary from Regensburg, was the organizer of this huge undertaking, but the work was financed by Bartholomaeus Seuter, one of the engravers.

The plates became an important source for copyists, appearing, for instance, in a number of Meissen designs. Many plates are 'of particular interest on account of the colour printing, especially the plates of Aloes and Cactus depicted in pots of different designs, and the folding plates of gourds' (Dunthorne).

'The mezzotint process used [in the present work]... had been invented by Johann Teyler in the Netherlands around 1688. As practised here by Bartholomaeus Seuter (1678-1754) and Johann Elias Ridinger (1698-1767), it was really a combination of etching and mezzotint, which made possible delicate lines and a very fine grain. The addition of hand-tinting brought about unusual and subtle effects. (Hunt)

(Ref: NY9720-ikrr)
Styles / Movements Other
Dealer Reference Number NY9720-ikrr
Incollect Reference Number 490429
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