London, South Kensington
11 May 2001
LUDWIG BELITSKI AND/OR BARON ALEXANDER VON MINUTOLI
Vorbilder für Handwerker und Fabrikanten aus den Sammlungen des Minutolischen Instituts....von Alex. Freihern v. Minutoli Dr., Liegnitz: Verlag des Verfassers, 1855
3 volumes. Containing a total of 343 salt prints from paper negatives. Varying sizes, the majority from approximately 8 x 6 in. (20.3 x 15.2 cm.) to approximately 9 x 7 in. (22.8 x 17.8 cm.) or the reverse, many with corners trimmed. Vol. 1 with 150 photographs, mounted one-per-page with printed plate number and [?] blindstamp, two smaller photographs 3¾ x 5¼ in. (9.5 x 13.4 cm.) and 5½ x 2 7/8 in. (14 x 7.3 cm.) mounted within foreword, list of plates, essays, lithographic title; Vol. 2 with 72 photographs, each with printed plate number on paper label and [?] blindstamp, printed section headings, lithographic title; Vol. 3 with 119 photographs, each with printed plate number on paper label and Minutoli collection blindstamp, printed section headings, lithographic title, each rebound in brown cloth, titled in gilt on leather label on spine, folio. (3)
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See: von Dewitz et al, Silber und Salz, pp. 522-547; Goldschmidt & Naef, The Truthful Lens, p. 25, p. 213, no. 120 and pp. 101, 124 (illus.); and Hamber, A Higher Branch of Art, pp. 225-229.
Alexander von Minutoli was a Prussian civil servant and collector. He established the Minutolisches Institute in Liegnitz to encourage manufacturers, workers, teachers and students to appreciate high quality in the decorative arts. To this end he first circulated daguerreotype copies of works in his collection in 1848, some of which were later shown at the great exhibition in 1851. The Vorbilder was originally published as a part-work, the first fascicle appearing in 1854. The Minutoli Institute is considered to have been an influential model for the establishment of the South Kensington Museum (later Victoria and Albert Museum) in London.
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