Lot 288: Larmessin (Nicolas de) - [Costumes Grotesques],
October 27, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: fantastic figures composed of the tools or attributes of their trades, 19 plates from the series, copper engravings with etching, each c.270 x 183mm., trimmed to the outer borderlines and below titles, mounted, occasional slight spotting and other minor defects, several short repaired tears and a few small losses in blank corners of titles, lower right corner of 1 plate supplied in pen facsimile, 2 plates with rubbed spots on faces, 3 plates with more extensive repaired tears, nineteenth century cloth-backed patterned boards, rubbed, folio (365 x 263mm.), [Paris, c.1710] . These celebrated prints by the Larmessin family have a complex bibliography. Nicolas I de Larmessin (or L Armessin) (1632-1694) engraved and published approximately 62 plates in his lifetime. His widow Marie Bertrand added 14 plates from his designs and his younger brother Nicolas II (c.1645-1725) engraved a further 22 plates from 1695. The present plates are from the slightly later issue which omitted background details. The following trades are represented: Cook, Furrier, Ploughman, Tailor, Perfume maker, Playing card maker, Hosier, Winegrower, Hatter, Coffee dealer, Coin maker, Upholsterer, Baker, Butcher, Ivory-turner, Mason, Comb maker, Locksmith and Basket maker. The last five listed are those with more significant defects.