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PERGOLESI, Michele Angelo (d. 1801)
Designs for neoclassical ornaments].
Published By the Author, London 1777-1792. Broadsheet folio (550 x 394 mm.). 67 etched plates by and after Pergolesi, numbered 1-66 (two plates numbered 56), containing designs numbered irregularly 1-435, a number of the plates printed in sepia or bistre. Without title or text, as published. Central medallions of plates 20, 30, 40 and 55 signed by Francesco Bartolozzi after G. B. Cipriani; central medallion portrait of the duke of Northumberland on plate 56[b] signed by Ignatius Joseph Van den Berghe after Pierre Violet. (A few minor marginal repairs to the plates in Part 1.) Stab-stitched in the 13 original parts, in original salmon wrappers, upper covers each with the part number written in black crayon in a large contemporary hand (half of lower wrapper to part 1 restored, a few other small repairs to wrappers, sewing renewed), housed in a morocco-backed folding box. First edition of this splendid collection of neo-classical designs for every conceivable type of ornament: "ceilings, doors, wall panels, silverware, urns and vases, marquetry, etc. - interspersed with arabesques and grotesques" (Millard). A veritable encyclopedia of neo-classical ornament, the plates were the work of an otherwise little-known Italian artist, who was hired in Italy ca. 1760-1763 by the brothers James and Robert Adams as an assistant for their architectural projects. Although Pergolesi's only firmly documented work was at Syon House in Middlesex, where he was paid for painting the 62 pilasters in the Long Gallery, as part of Robert Adam's famous remodeling of the house for the First Duke of N … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Arader Galleries - Aradernyc [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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