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    Sale 5366

    Christie's Interiors- Style & Spirit

    23 September 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 4

    SEVEN HAND-COLURED ETCHINGS FOR DESIGNS TAKEN FROM THE VASES IN THE COLLECTION OF SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON

    AFTER PIERRE FRANÇOIS HUGUES, CALLED D'HANCARVILLE

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    SEVEN HAND-COLURED ETCHINGS FOR DESIGNS TAKEN FROM THE VASES IN THE COLLECTION OF SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON
    AFTER PIERRE FRANÇOIS HUGUES, CALLED D'HANCARVILLE
    Various sizes, later mounted and framed
    24 x 34½ in. (61 x 87.5 cm.) overall and smaller (7)


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    The first edition of Pierre-Franois Hugues, called d'Hancarville (1719-1805) Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities from the Cabinet of the Hon. William Hamilton was published in 1766-67. Hamilton assembled his collection of ancient vases after his appointment to the court of Naples in 1764. The collection was sold to the British Museum in 1772, but before it was shipped to England all the objects were listed, drawn and described to be published in d'Hancarville's four volumns. The hand-coloured engraved plates had a significant impact on neo-classical design and taste, including influencing Josiah Wedgwood.

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