2 Antique Prints-DRAPERIE-CLOTH MAKING-WORKSHOP-Diderot-Alembert-1751



Draperie – Plate I – II: ‘Draperie.’ (Cloth Making). From a set of 11 plates dealing with cloth making. The plates show the workshop, machines, tools etc. These plates originate from the plate section.

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etching / engraving on hand laid (vergé) paper.
Sheet size: 26 x 40 cm. (10,2 x 15,7 inch). Image size: 21 x 32,5 cm. (8,3 x 12,8 inch).

This old antique engraved set of copperplate prints originate from: the ‘Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une Société de Gens de lettres.’ which was published under the direction of Diderot and d’Alembert, with 17 volumes of text and 11 volumes of plates between 1751 and 1772. It contained 72,000 articles written by more than 140 contributors. This encyclopdia was a massive reference work for the arts and sciences, as well as a means to propagate the ideas of the French Enlightment. The impact of this encyclopedia was enormous. RB-416

Made by ‘J.A. Defehrt (1723-1774)’ after ‘Prevost’. Denis Diderot (1713-1784) was a French philosopher, art critic and writer. Jean le Rond d’Alembert (1717-1783) was a French mathematician, mechanician, physicist and philosopher. These plates are engraved by J.A.Defehrt and Bonaventure/Benoit-Louis Prevost after J.R Lucotte or Benard after De La Rue.

Condition: Good, given age. Light foxing and creasing. Holes in left margin from binding. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.



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Dimensions 40 × 26 × 1 cm


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