• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 5438

    The Sunday Sale

    30 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 140


    Price Realised  


    Le petit Toucan, à ventre rouge, no.8
    engraving by Pérée, printed in colours by Rousset, narrow margins
    S. 21 x 14½ in. (53.5 x 37 cm.)
    Together with two smaller bookplates, Fernelle du Grand Cotinga and La Pie Bleue à tête noire, printed in colours by Langlois - S. 15 x 11½ in. (38 x 29 cm.); and two further engravings, after Martinet with later hand colouring; all in bird's eye maple frames (5)

    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    The present lot comprises plates originally designed for Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de paradis written by François Levaillant (1753-1824). The plates of exotic birds which illustrate Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de paradis owe much to the remarkable gifts of Jacques Barraband (1767-1809), who was 'considered among the best bird artists of the time [whose] work for Le Vaillant was the climax of his career' (C. Jackson, Dictionary of Bird Artists of the World, Woodbridge: 1999, p.148).

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage