This plate shows neoclassical designs and ornaments.
Made by an anonymous engraver after Pergolesi.
Medium: engraving / etching with original old hand colouring on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 29 x 47 cm (11.42 x 18.5 inch). Image size: 25 x 44.5 cm. (9.84 x 17.52 inch).
Condition: very good, given age. Margins cropped. Small tear on the plate edge bottom left, backed. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
DESIGN-NEOCLASSICAL ORNAMENTS-ART-PLATE 26 | DP-A2-002-16
This rare antique print originates from ‘Designs for Neoclassical Ornaments’ by Michael Angelo Pergolesi. London 1777-1792: Published By the Author. Broadsheet folio with 67 etched plates by and after Pergolesi.
Biography artist: Michael Angelo Pergolesi was an Italian decorative artist from the 18th century who worked mainly in England. Biographical details are almost entirely lacking, but like Cipriani he was brought, or attracted, to England by Robert Adam after his famous continental tour. He worked so extensively for the Adams’, and his designs are so closely typical of much upon which their reputation rests, that it is impossible to doubt his influence upon their style. His range, like theirs, was catholic. He designed furniture, mantelpieces, ceilings, chandeliers, doors and mural ornament with equal felicity, and as an artist in plaster work in low relief he was unapproached in his day.
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