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

    12 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 433

    ROME 1722-1749 -- [PRINTS]. A bound collection of chinea prints. Rome, 1722-1749. 41 engravings on 40 sheets, including works by GIUSEPPE VASI, GASPARO MASSI many after ALESSANDRO SPECCHI and GABRIELLE VALVASSORI. (Lacking covers, a few with some browning.) Cloth folding case. Provenance: Bibliotheca Viennense (inkstamp on image of first plate).

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    ROME 1722-1749 -- [PRINTS]. A bound collection of chinea prints. Rome, 1722-1749. 41 engravings on 40 sheets, including works by GIUSEPPE VASI, GASPARO MASSI many after ALESSANDRO SPECCHI and GABRIELLE VALVASSORI. (Lacking covers, a few with some browning.) Cloth folding case. Provenance: Bibliotheca Viennense (inkstamp on image of first plate).

    This series records the lavish festival that was held in Rome every year on the occasion of the presentation of a white horse (chinea) by the King of Spain, and later the King of the Two Sicilies, to the Pope in a mark of loyalty. The scenes show the machines or elaborate structures upon which the fireworks were disposed. The include large painted allegories called prospettive. This series covers Popes Innocent XIII through Benedict XIV.


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