Etching on Hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 25,5 x 35,5 cm. (10 x 14 inch). Image size: 22,5 x 32 cm. (8,9 x 12,6 inch).
From a series of 6 plates: ‘Grandes Cheminées á la Romaine …’ by Jean Lepautre, first published by Pierre Mariette II, Paris, 1663. Designs for chimney pieces in the Italian style.
Made by Jean Lepautre after own design. Jean le Pautre / Lepautre (1618-1682) was a French designer and engraver. Le Pautre was an apprentice to a carpenter and builder. In addition to learning mechanical and constructive work, he developed considerable skill with the pencil. His designs, innumerable in quantity and exuberant in content, consisted mainly of ceilings, friezes, chimney-pieces, doorways and mural decorations. He also devised fire-dogs, sideboards, cabinets, console tables, mirrors and other pieces of furniture.
Condition: Good, given age. Some manuscript lettering. Crease at top left. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: MANTLE CHIMNEY PIECE-ITALIAN STYLE-ROCOCO