1516
1516
Paul Decker (after)
THE TWELVE MONTHS IN ALLEGORY: TWELVE COPPER-ENGRAVINGS WITH CONTEMPORARY HAND-COLORING
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 5,000 USD
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1516
Paul Decker (after)
THE TWELVE MONTHS IN ALLEGORY: TWELVE COPPER-ENGRAVINGS WITH CONTEMPORARY HAND-COLORING
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 5,000 USD
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Paul Decker (after)
THE TWELVE MONTHS IN ALLEGORY: TWELVE COPPER-ENGRAVINGS WITH CONTEMPORARY HAND-COLORING
Twelve copper-engravings with contemporary hand-coloring by Martin Engelbrecht after Paul Decker, Augsburg: Jeremias Wolff, [no date but circa 1740]. Framed.

each sheet approximately: 356 x 229 mm  14 x 9 in


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Catalogue Note

Individual prints from this series are sometimes encountered, generally uncoloured, but to find a complete set, in excellent condition with stylish contemporary hand-coloring, is extraordinary.

Each image features a beautiful and fashionable young woman engaged in a pursuit that is appropriate for the month represented: March finds her in the orangery pruning fruit trees ready for the spring; in April she is outside broadcasting seed; the heat of August finds her resting in the shade, her clothes loosened, taking a cooling drink; in September, she enjoys the fruits of the early harvest; October and she toasts the wine harvest, in November, she pauses during a day spent hunting.

In addition to personifying each month, each image includes a reference to the applicable sign of the zodiac: sometimes these are straight-forward as, for instance, in December where the image includes a discarded piece of paper with a sea-goat (for Capricorn) on it. At other times the symbolism is less overt: Sagittarius, the archer centaur is implied by the entire hunting scene; the twin figures holding aloft a basket of flowers represent Gemini (the twins) in the image for May.

Overall this series offers the unusual combination of real rarity, excellent condition and a strong series of images that can be enjoyed on many levels and are suitable for many different locations.

Important Americana

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New York