‘Planche LIV. Maisons des mandarins.’
Line & aquatint etching with original hand colouring on wove (vellin) paper.
Sheet size: 36 x 25 cm. (14,2 x 9,8 inch). Image size: 18 x 12 cm. (7,1 x 4,7 inch).
From: ‘Il Costume Antico e Moderno …, l’America.’ , by Giulio Ferrario, published in Milan in 21 volumes by Antonio Fortunato Stella in 1827 (first edition, second issue). The 17 volumes of the first issue were published sequentially between c. 1815/1816 until 1826 after first being issued in 143 weekly installments. The work appeared in Italian and French. Smaller size editions with smaller much less elaborate plates were published in Florence (1823-38), Naples (1831-42) and even a 16mo. editon in Livorno (1830). Original blindstamp at bottom right image. The sources used for this work are wide. This plate after a sculpture from the Galeria Giustiniani. State: The plates in this work are typically hand-coloured and the plates have the typical blindstamp at bottom right, which this plate lacks. Possibly a rare proof ed.
Made by ‘G. Bigatti’ after ‘Giulio Ferrario’. Giulio Ferrario was founder of the ‘Societa Tipografica de Classici Italiani’ and served as the director of the Braidense National Library in Milan, Italy. Artists that worked on this monumental work are: Gallo Gallina, D.K. Bonatti, A. Biasioli, L. Rossi, Paolo Fumagalli, Gaetano Zancon (1771-1816), G. Bigatti, C. Bramati, G. Gallo, C. Bottiglia, G. Castellini, Antonio Rancati (1784-1816), Vittorio Raineri, Sydney Parkinson, Castelli, A. Sanquirico (1777-1849), Angelo Monticelli (1778-1837), A.L. Rossins, Bottigella and others.
Condition: Very good, given age. Very light creasing. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: MANDARIN HOUSE-ARCHITECTURE-CHINA-ASIA-PL.LIV.