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ANTOINE CHAZAL (1793-1854)

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ANTOINE CHAZAL (1793-1854)

[Flore Pittoresque, ou recueil de fleurs et de fruits peints d'aprs nature, ddi aux dames, par A.Chazal, lve de M. Van Spaendonck. Paris, Rouen, etc: by subscription from the author and others, 1818-1825]. Part work only, 2 (368 x 285mm.) Text: pp.[1]-14. All plates mounted on guards, hand-coloured engraved colour-chart, 8 stipple engraved plates, printed in colours and finished by hand, all by and after Chazal, extra-illustrated with a stipple-engraved plate Lilas, printed in colours and finished by hand by Lambert ain after Henriette Antoinette Vincent. (Small neatly repaired tear to outer margin of Couronne impriale plate, light surface damage to upper blank area of Campanule pyramidale.. plate.) 19th-century half morocco gilt, upper wrapper to the 3rd Livraison bound as a title (neat repairs to head and foot of spine). Provenance: duc de Fezensac (armorial bookplate).

A FINE SELECTION OF "SUBERB QUALITY" (DUNTHORNE) PLATES FROM THIS VERY RARE WORK. No copy, complete or otherwise, is listed as having appeared at auction. Neither the British Library nor the library at the Natural History museum have a copy, which is complete with 70 plates.
The plates are as follows: Tulipes odorantes et Primevres [no. 5, according to the listing in the text]; Narcisse de Constantinople [no.11]; Reine-Marguerite [no.24]; Couronne impriale [no.14]; Hliotrope et Houstonia carlate [no.28]; 17 Campanule pyramidale et Pois de Senteur; 18 Oeillet et Belle de jour; Grenadille [no.32]. Madame Vincent's additional plate is no.23 from her tudes de fleurs et de fruit.. (Paris: circa 1814).
Both Chazal and Madame Vincent were pupils of Gerard van Spaendonck. "Each is responsible for one work whose plates are rather small but of such consummate loveliness that they enhance the reputation and distinction of the French school." (Dunthorne, p.34)
"Chazal... was a versatile artist, for besides his botanical work he also painted historical and religious subjects and decorated porcelain and enamel. He... collaborated with J.G.Prtre and other artists in a splendid unpublished volume of paintings of crocuses, made for the French botanist Jacques Gay and now in the Library at Kew." (Blunt & Stearn, p.209).
Dunthorne 79; Great Flower Books (1990) p.87; Nissen BBI 350.
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