29 October 2013
PETITOT, Ennemond Alexandre (1727-1801). Mascarade à la Grecque D
édié à Monsieur de Felino Premier Ministre de S.A.R. Parma: [Benigno Bossi,] 1771.
4o (419 x 281 mm.). Engraved title, engraved dedication and nine plates by Bossi after Petitot. Contemporary Italian patterned boards (two gatherings loose). Provenance: Francisco Tasta (1800 inscription on pastedown); acquired from Lucien Goldschmidt, 1982.
FIRST EDITION. A fine copy of Petitot's curious satire of the new style à la greque and neo-classicism. The figures are shown each adorned with architectural elements inspired by the elements of decoration found in the recent excavations at Pompei. The plates are described in the dedication as a "badinage"-- and the representations show figures draped with fragments of architecture and ornament appearing as grotesque costumes satirizing the fashion for Greek design.
Petitot, a French architect and designer born in Lyon in 1727, studied architecture with Soufflot and by 1753 moved to the Francophile court of Parma to become architect to the Duke. He represented himself on the last plate in the costume of an Egyptian architect, holding a plan of a church. The engraver Bossi was also born in 1727, studied in Nuremberg and Dresden and lived in Parma from 1760. Berlin Kat. 475; Cohen-de Ricci 178 ("livre rare"); Colas 2334; Guilmard, p.225; Lipperheide Xe2.
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