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Set of Four Gourds

Documentation Ample Provenance
Origin Germany
Period 18th Century
Materials Set of 4 double-page mezzotint engravings, printed in colour and finished by hand
Dimensions
W. 23.23 in; H. 20.08 in;
W. 59 cm; H. 51 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date 1737
Description An attractive collection of fine plates, being one of the earliest examples of colour printing.

Weinmann (1683-1741) was a Regensburg apothecary who organized the publication of Phytanthoza Iconographia, a huge florilegum which was not only very beautiful but which also influenced the publication of similar works worldwide. “The mezzotint process used here had been invented by Johann Teyler in the Netherlands around 1688. As practiced here by Bartholomaus 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).

Set of 4 double-page mezzotint engravings, printed in colour and finished by hand. Framed and glazed 51 x 59 cm.
Styles / Movements Realism
Book References Dunthorne 327; Great Flower Books, p. 80; see Hunt 494; Johnston 388; Nissen BBI, 2126; Stafleu and Cowan 17050.
Dealer Reference Number 89537
Incollect Reference Number 270620
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