27 - 28 June 2006
CHANSONNIER. -- SAMARY. Mes Amusements dediés aux Amateurs par le très humble Serviteur. France, 1811.
186 x 245 mm. Musical manuscript with watercolor decoration on paper. 17 leaves. Title, text and watercolor leaves within borders. 16 musical scores, 12 with instructions for the dance. 15 watercolor illustrations, 2 full-page, and 1 mounted hand-colored engraving. Contemporary sheep-backed marbled boards, leather cover label reading "Samary Cadet" (lightly rubbed). Provenance: purchased from Lucien Goldschmidt, 15 November 1954.
A charming illustrated musical manuscript by an amateur. The contents comprise: F1r title; F1v "Entrée de Ballet, Contredance"; F2r watercolor of a man dancing within a pastoral landscape; F2v "La Marote Contredance"; F3r watercolor of a jester's head and section title "La Marote, les amusements innocents de la Jeunesse, protegez par Momus"; F3v-4r "Figure de la Mouche" instructions, music and illustration F4v-5r "Figure de la Seringue" instructions, music and illustration; F5v-6r "Figure de la Chaumière" instructions, music and illustration; F6v-7r "Figure de la Pie" instructions, music and illustration; F7v-8r "Figure de la Panthère" instructions, music and illustration; F8v-9r "Figure de la Savoyarde" instructions, music and illustration; F9v-10r "Figure du Linx" instructions, music and illustration; F10v-11r "Figure du Moulin à Vent" instructions, music and illustration; F11v-12r "Figure de la Tasse à Café" instructions, music and illustration; F13v-14r "Figure de l'Aigle" instructions, music and illustration; F14v-15r "Figure de la Cigogne" instructions, music and illustration; F15v-16r "Figure de la Lire d'Appollon" instructions, music and illustration; F16v "Walse"; F17r full-page watercolor "La Danse rustique"; F17v mounted hand-colored engraving of a pastoral scene; F18r-v unidentified piece of music.
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