Price: € 33,50

Subject: Plate 23: This plate shows architectural and decorative art designs. This plate involves weaponry, including fasces, helmet, shield, sword, and halberd, among other items.
Condition: Excellent, given age. Some small stains in the margins. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Medium: Original etching/engraving on a verge type handlaid paper watermarked paper.
Size (in cm): The overall size is ca. 25 x 42 cm. The image size is ca. 15 x 23.5 cm.
Size (in inch): The overall size is ca. 9.8 x 16.5 inch. The image size is ca. 5.9 x 9.3 inch.
Part Number: 26490
Location: A91-09
Description: This rare antique engraving originates from: 'Algemeen kunstenaars handboek; of Schatkamer voor alle beoefenaren van kunsten en handwerken etc', ( the Dutch version of De la Fosse's 'Nouvelle Iconologie', first published at Paris in 1768) by Jean Charles de la Fosse. Apprenticed for a time to a sculptor, by 1767 he styled himself an 'architect and professor of design.' He published the first volume of his most important work, Nouvelle Iconologie Historique in 1768, containing 110 plates of his designs for furniture, decorative arts and architectural ornaments in the Louis XVI style, most of which he also engraved himself. As the title implies, each design also has specific iconological or symbolic content. De la fosse also manipulated abstract shapes in ingenious and innovative ways to create spatial illusions and ambiguity. Long before late 20th-century Postmodernism he exhibited an allied sensibility: according to the Grove Dictionary of Art, 'He divorced familiar architectural elements�the base of a column, a pediment, a single Ionic volute�from their usual functions and placed them in new and witty contexts.

Artists and Engravers: Jean-Charles De la fosse was a French decorative designer, engraver and architect. J. de Witt, engraver.