Copperplate engraving and etching on a verge type hand laid paper with watermark, not visible on every sheet. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 69 x 43 cm. The image size is ca. 63.2 x 36.5 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 27.2 x 16.9 inch. The image size is ca. 24.9 x 14.4 inch.
Plate I – V: ”Sculpture Fonte des Statues Equestres.” (Sculpture, Founding of an Equestrian Statue). Set of 5 plates dealing with the making of a Bronze statue of a horse. The plates show the foundry and the various stages of making of the statue. Four plates are double folio and have one or more folds. These plates originate from the plate section. This antique engraved set of copperplate prints originate from: the ‘Encyclopedie ou Dictionnaire raisonne des sciences, des arts et des metiers, par une Societe 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.Artists and Engravers: 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 Goussier.
Condition: Very good, given age. Small stain in lower left part of print near middle fold. Original middle fold, as issued. General age-related toning and occasional light stains from handling. Please study image carefully.
Keywords: 6 ANTIQUE PRINTS-SCULPTURE-STATUE-HORSE-BRONZE-FOUNDRY-DIDEROT-BENARD