London, South Kensington
9 November 2016
TWO COPPER-PLATE ENGRAVINGS OF EMPEROR QIANLONG'S CONQUEST
DATED 1769 AND 1770
The first depicts the 'Surrender of the Ili, the lower border inscribed 'P. Jonatius Sichelbarth Soc. JESU delin. 1765', 'C.N. Cochin Direx.' and 'B.L. Prevost Sculpsit 1769'. The second depicts the 'Grand Victory of Qurman', the lower border inscribed 'P.F. Joannes Damascenus, Romanus, Augustinus Excalceatus Missionarius Apostolicus delineavit et fecit, Anno 1765', 'C.N. Cochin Direxis', and 'Augustinus de St. Aubin Sculpsit Parisus Anno 1770'.
The prints, 21 ¾ in. x 34 ¾ in. (55.3 x 80.5 cm.), framed and glazed
By repute, acquired in Sotheby's in the 1990s.
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A similar example of the 'Surrender of the Ili' was sold at Sotheby's New York, 17 March 2015, lot 224. A plate of the 'Victory of Qurman' is in the British Museum, no. 1848,0205.523.
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