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17th C. Copperplate Engraving of "Venus De Milo" - Auction ID: 1562
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17th C. Copperplate Engraving of "Venus De Milo"

Estimate: $1250-$1400

Description: Exquisite late 17th century copper plate engraving illustrating the bronze statue of Venus de Milo as seen in the water gardens of the palace of Versailles.

Statue de bronze d’une Venus elevée sure un basin de marbre blanc, faisant un des ornemens de la Fontaine appellée, la Gallerie d’eau.  Dans les Jardins de Versailles.

"Bronze statue of a Venus elevated on a white marble basin, among the ornaments of the fountain now known as the Allée d’Eau."

This monochrome engraving is on animal hide parchment and shows both the plate ring and false plate ring clearly. This engraving is from a set of prints depicting details of the some of the numerous fountains and sculptures executed for Louis XIV's gardens at Versailles made by prominent French sculptors of the 17th century  by Jean Le Paultre.

Dimensions: Skin measures 19" x 13.5", plus matte and frame.

Condition: Generally very good with usual light overall toning, light scattered soiling, and wear to edges.  Few stray printers marks and minor abrasions. Some scattered creases in margins. See photos

Bio: Jean Lepautre (or Le Paultre) was a prolific French designer and engraver based in his native Pairs, and elected a member of the Academy in 1667.  While he produced plates of portraits and religious subjects, he excelled at architectural subjects, producing some 1,500 etchings and engravings of architectural decorations, friezes, ceilings, vases and all types of ornaments.  Most of them were executed after his own drawings which exhibited a personal flair and imagination.  His depictions of the gardens and ornaments of Versailles helped popularize the Louis XIV style in Europe.

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Item Location: Newport Beach, CA (92660)

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Starting Bid: $625.00
Buyers Premium: 18.00%
Auction started: Jun 19, 2018 - 21:34
Auction ends: Jun 15, 2018 - 09:30
Available: 1
Auction ID: 1562
Sku: 10431

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