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Vasi Diversi e Ornamenti

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  • Title (series)

    • Vasi Diversi e Ornamenti
  • Description

    A set of six plates, Dutch copies after Lepautre, representing richly ornate fountains and basins, in octagonal frame surrounded by foliage, garlands and draped figures. c.1691 Etching with engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1691
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 142 millimetres (average)
    • Width: 215 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Numbered on plate; title-page lettered with title, and names of designer and publisher; plate 3 signed with unidentified initials and date: 'J.V.F. Sc. 169[1?]'.
  • Curator's comments

    After a series etched by Jean Lepautre and first published by Jean I Leblond, c.1650/64; the order of the plates on this set differs from the original's.

  • Bibliography

    • IFF 1519-1524 (copies) bibliographic details
  • Location

    French XVIIc Mounted Roy

  • Subjects

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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