26 October 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 4,000
Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000
FRANZ MICHAEL REGENFUSS (1712-1780)
Auserlesene Schnecken, Muscheln und andere Schaalthiere (‘Choix de Coquillages et de Crustacés’): four plates
Four engravings with handcoloring, 1758, on laid paper, one with a C & I Honig watermark, including plates I, VI, X, XI, from the book edition published in Copenhagen, 1758, the colors very fresh and bright, with wide margins, the sheets with foxing and staining, framed (4)
Plates: 16 ½ x 11 in. (420 x 280 mm.) (and smaller)
Sheets: 22 7/8 x 17 ¼ in. (580 x 437 mm.) (and smaller)
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First announced in 1748, the German-born engraver, painter and naturalist Franz Michael Regenfuss finally completed his great book on snails, mussels and other shellfish in Copenhagen in 1758, where he was established as engraver at the Danish Royal Court. The handcoloring of the plates is thought be executed by his wife.
with Robert Douwma, Prints and Maps, Ltd, London, 1981, and Bernard Quaritch Ltd., London, 1982.
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