Simon Thomassin, La Gloire De La France, French print, 1724
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Beautiful and meticulous engraving with a sober wooden frame; the paper work, "La Gloire de la France", was made by the famous French engraver Simon Thomassin (Troyes 1665-Paris 1733) in 1724. He made the drawing inspired by an elaborate and particular sculpture, made for the gardens of Versailles, between 1681 and 1683 by Pierre Mazeline (1632-1708), an important French neoclassical artist; In the Garden's inventory of 1706-1708, the statuary group is described as follows: "A figure representing Glory seated on a cloud placed on a celestial globe, surrounded by trophies of arms, with the right arm half raised, holding a laurel wreath, and, with the left, a pyramid. The names of the two artists are stamped on the print itself. Simon Thomasin was a French engraver of burins, member of the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture and engraver to the king. In 1694 he published his most famous work, on which he had been working since 1689: the Recueil des statues, groupes, fontaines ... , du chateau & parc de Versailles, a collection of 218 engraved plates made from his drawings of statues, groups, reliefs, fountains and other ornaments of the Palace of Versailles and its gardens, of which a second edition was made in The Hague in 1724 with texts in French, Latin, Italian and Dutch, our print is number 131 of that volume made with the technique of engraving by burin and etching (see photo). Many of his works are exhibited in museums around the world, a large collection being held at the British Museum in London. The print has been framed in recent times. The frame measures width cm.35, height cm.32, depth cm.3. The print measures width 20 cm, height 18 cm. For all our shipments we use special packaging materials (wooden crates, polystyrene, etc.) for maximum protection and safety of the objects.
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