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Lot 206 - Web Auction 118

1.800,00/2.300,00 €
2.232,00 EUR

Giovanni Giardini (1646-1721)

Promptuarium artis argentariae ex quo, centum exquisito studio inventis, delineatis, ac in aere incisis tabulis propositis ... invenit et delineavit Joannes Giardini ac in duas partes distribuit. Pars Prima - Altera Roma, Sumptibus Fausti Amidei Bibliopolae, 1750

§ Two parts in 1 volume, folio (410 x 370.); two title pages, 101 engraved plates (including engraved dedication). Large-size engraved vignette on both title pages (repeated). Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt. Spine and part of both covers skilfully restored. Unobtrusive worm hole on inner upper corner of initial pages, never affecting the engravings, about six pages of the second part small stain on inner margin. Drawing by the author, engraving by Maximilian Joseph Limpack. A beautiful copy, on heavy paper from the paper mill “Rev. Cartiera Apostolica”.

First published in 1714 in Prague under the title Disegni diversi. This work is considered the finest 18th-century collection of patterns for silversmiths. Giovanni Giardini, a master silversmith, was appointed in 1698 bronze-founder for the papacy, and several of the work he made for the papal court are presently in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Kunsthistorische Museum in Vienna and St. Peter’s in Rome.
The engravings, by the Czech engraver Maximilian Joseph Limpach, after design by Giovanni Giardini, were made for the first edition (1714) and used again for the present one. Limpach worked in Rome and the 100 plates he engraved for Disegni Diversi represent his best known work.
Ref: Berlin Staatlich Museen., Katalog der Ornamentstich-Sammlung der Staatlichen Kunstbibliothek Berlin, Berlin and Leipzig, 1936-39, 1142; Bénézit, 1966 Vol. 5, p. 585; Giovanni Giardini In: The Grove Dictionary of Art, New York: Macmillan. 2000;


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