• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 192

    HAMILTON, Sir William (1730-1803). Collection of Engravings from Ancient Vases Mostly of Pure Greek Workmanship. Naples: Tischbein, 1791-ca1796.

    Price Realised  

    HAMILTON, Sir William (1730-1803). Collection of Engravings from Ancient Vases Mostly of Pure Greek Workmanship. Naples: Tischbein, 1791-ca1796.

    4 volumes, 2o (492 x 370 mm). Engraved frontispiece, English and French engraved titles in each of the first three volumes, and 257 engraved plates on 254 leaves (Some occasional minor spotting and light browning, a few plates with repaired tears). (Volume 4 title-page supplied in manuscript facsimile.) Modern maroon morocco gilt.

    FIRST EDITION WITH THE RARE FOURTH VOLUME, lacking in both the British Library and the Blackmer sets. The volumes illustrate scenes from Hamilton's second collection of vases and serve as an especially valuable inventory since one third of the vases were lost when the ship transporting them to England sank off the Sicilies in 1798. The use of simple outline, rather than the elaborate colored engravings of the first collection catalogue, was in keeping with Hamilton's original intention for the first catalogue: to be affordable to contemporary artists and manufacturers for use as a pattern book. Blackmer 778 (lacking volume 4); Brunet V, 866; RIBA 3319-20 (lacking volume 4). (4)


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