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Remarkable collection of 40 print series of ornamental architectural designs

LE PAUTRE (POUTRE), Jean.
[Extensive overview of the architectural and ornamental work].
Paris, François Jollain, Pierre Mariette, Jean Le Blond, Nicolas Langlois, 1651-1670. 41 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With 40 engraved print-series nearly all by Jean Le Pautre. Further with 1 duplicate series and 6 individual plates not in these series. With a total of 253 full-page engraved plates: 33 complete series of 6 plates, 1 complete series of 12 plates, and 6 incomplete series (lacking 10 of 42 plates) plus an incomplete duplicate of one of the complete series (5 of 6 plates), and the 6 individual plates. About half the series cut down and mounted on blank leaves or on the back of engraved leaves. 18th-century mottled calf.
€ 22,500
Remarkable collection of 40 print series of ornamental architectural designs nearly all by the most important and imaginative ornament engraver of the 17th century, the famous French architectural designer Jean le Pautre (1618-1682). It includes designs for altars, altar-pieces, church portals, tabernacles, gateways, doors, chimneys, wall decorations, wainscotting, cabinets, ceilings, fountains, frames for paintings, armorial ornaments, grotesques, vessels and vases, etc. His work served as models for architects, sculptors, silversmiths, engravers and others, so that the present collection gives an excellent overview of Paris fashions at the beginning of the reign of Louis XIV, not only in architecture and interior decoration but also in the decorative arts in general.
With an owner's inscription at the head of the first plate, by the Antwerp author on gardening, mushrooms and food, Franciscus van Sterbeeck, dated 20 February 1670. Binding worn and cracked with the leather flaking and the last quire slightly loose. Interior very good, with only occasional minor stains. A magnificent collection of architectural and other decoration.
BAL 1833-1863 passim; Berlin Kat. 313-314 passim; Fuhring, Ornament prints in the Rijksmuseum, passim; cf. Guilmard, Maitres Ornemanistes, pp. 70-75 passim (later printings).
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