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    Splendid Ceremonies the Paul and Marianne Gourary Collection of Illustrated Fête Books

    12 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 352

    PARIS 1654 -- TORELLI, Giacomo (1608-78). Scene e Machine preparate alle Nozze di Teti. Balletto Reale representato nella sala del piccolo Borbone. [Paris:] 1654. Large oblong 4o (280 x 392 mm). Architectural title and dedication to Cardinal Mazarin incorporating a view of the Louvre and Notre Dame by ISRAEL SILVESTRE (1621-91), 10 etched plates of theater sets and scenes in this most famous 17th-century opera-ballet in which the King himself danced the role of Apollo, by Silvestre after drawings by FRANÇOIS FRANCART (1622-72), based in turn on Torelli's designs. (Creases in title with outer blank margin replaced.) Bound with 15 OTHER SUITES as listed below: contemporary gold-blocked and paneled vellum, gilt edges, (binding warped, joints split). Provenance: 6th Duke of Devonshire (1790-1858, engraved armorial bookplate). Kirstein p. 78-81.

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    PARIS 1654 -- TORELLI, Giacomo (1608-78). Scene e Machine preparate alle Nozze di Teti. Balletto Reale representato nella sala del piccolo Borbone. [Paris:] 1654. Large oblong 4o (280 x 392 mm). Architectural title and dedication to Cardinal Mazarin incorporating a view of the Louvre and Notre Dame by ISRAEL SILVESTRE (1621-91), 10 etched plates of theater sets and scenes in this most famous 17th-century opera-ballet in which the King himself danced the role of Apollo, by Silvestre after drawings by FRANÇOIS FRANCART (1622-72), based in turn on Torelli's designs. (Creases in title with outer blank margin replaced.) Bound with 15 OTHER SUITES as listed below: contemporary gold-blocked and paneled vellum, gilt edges, (binding warped, joints split). Provenance: 6th Duke of Devonshire (1790-1858, engraved armorial bookplate). Kirstein p. 78-81.

    THE CHATSWORTH ALBUM OF FRENCH AND ITALIAN STAGE DESIGNS AND OTHER THEATRICAL, ARCHITECTURAL AND GARDEN ORNAMENT, containing a total of 146 prints by French and Italian artists. Bound with the above in the following order:

    CHAUVEAU, François (1613-76). Six etched plates of theater decors, one numbered in the plate "Fol. 77". No title, place or date [Paris: mid-17th century]. -- TORELLI. Feste Theatrali per la Finta Pazza. [Paris: not before 1645]. Pictorial and allegorical title by STEFANO DELLA BELLA (1610-64) [De Vesme 946] and 5 etched plates by NICOLAS COCHIN (1610-86) after Torelli of scenes in Giulio Strozzi's play. Berlin 4118. -- PARIGI, Alfonso (1606-56). Five etched plates of theater decors, including four from Andrea Salvadori's La Flora. No title, no place [Paris:] 1628. Berlin 4114. -- BELLA, Stefano della. Seven etched plates (lacking title) of theater decors from Giancarlo Coppola's Le nozze degli dei, after designs by Alfonso Parigi. [Florence: 1637]. (Inlaid to album size.) Hofer 70. -- CHAUVEAU, François. Complete set of pictorial title and ten engraved plates illustrating Georges de Scudéry's epic poem, Alaric ou Rome vaincue. [Paris: 1654]. -- PERELLE, Gabriel (1603-77) or Adam (1638-95). Sixteen round landscape etchings. No title, place or date. [Paris:] Jean Le Blond, [c. 1670]. Cf. Berlin 4465. -- LE PAUTRE, Jean (1618-82). Eight suites of prints, mixed etching and engraving, of ornament and landscape, Paris: Jean Le Blond and/or Jean Cany, [c. 1670]: Altars, tombs, fireplaces. 8 plates. -- Landscapes and architectural settings within rich ornamental borders, containing Biblical scenes. 12 plates. - Fountains in park settings. 17 plates. -- Baptismal fonts in Baroque churches. 2 plates. -- Wall decoration, painted and sculpted. 12 plates. - New Testament scenes in highly ornamental frames. 6 plates. -- Vases in landscapes and ornamental frames. 6 plates. -- Caryatids holding vases aloft. 6 plates. -- VOUET, Simon (1590-1649) & Michel DORIGNY (1616-65). Livre de diverses grotesques, peintes dans le cabinet et bains de la Reyne Régente, au Palais Royal. Paris: aux Galleries du Louvre, 1647. 15 etched plates including title. Berlin 4004.


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