3 December 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 43,000
Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000
PINE, John. The Tapestry Hangings of the House of Lords, representing the several Engagements between the English and Spanish Fleets in the memorable year MDLXXXVIII. London, 1739.
2o (535 x 373 mm). Engraved title, printed dedication, 2pp. of subscribers, 24pp. of text, 5 double-page engraved charts, double-page map, and 10 double-page engraved views with center-pieces printed in green, all within decorative borders after Lempriere and Gravelot (some scattered spotting, a few short splits along central folds, reinforced with tape on stubs on verso, colors generally fresh and fine). (Some spotting.) Contemporary mottled calf gilt (rebacked with sheep, rubbed, front joint cracked). Provenance: Foley (bookplate).
Pine's work depicting the defeat of the Armada is of considerable interest since the tapestries, deigned by H.C. Vroom and woven by Francis Spiring of Haarlem, were destroyed by fire in 1834. Berlin Kat. 1677.
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