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Georg Wolfgang KNORR (170…

Lot 40: Georg Wolfgang KNORR (170…

Auction Date: Sep 19, 2021

Estimate: €250 - €300

Description: Georg Wolfgang KNORR (1705-1761)
Set of twelve engravings heightened with
representing different species of shells
species of shells taken from the collection "Les
the delights of the eyes and the spirit, or general collection
of the different species of shellfish
that the sea contains, communicated to the public
by George Wolffgang Knorr, Nuremberg,
1764.
Eighteenth century.
Black baguette frame.
Dimensions at sight: 23 x 17 cm; with frame:
35.5 x 29 cm.
Very slight browning on the edges of some plates.
of some plates.
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Location: NAMUR, BE

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KNORR, GEORG WOLFGANG. 1705-1761. Les delices des yeux et de l'esprit, ou collection Generale des differentes especes de coquillages que la mer renferme. Nuremburg: 1764-1773.

Lot 91: KNORR, GEORG WOLFGANG. 1705-1761. Les delices des yeux et de l'esprit, ou collection Generale des differentes especes de coquillages que la mer renferme. Nuremburg: 1764-1773.

Auction Date: Jun 17, 2021

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

Description: KNORR, GEORG WOLFGANG. 1705-1761.
Les delices des yeux et de l'esprit, ou collection Generale des differentes especes de coquillages que la mer renferme. Nuremburg: 1764-1773.
6 parts in 3 volumes. 4to (250 x 195 mm). 6 hand-colored engraved titles, 190 hand-colored engraved plates. Contemporary mottled calf. Joints starting, spine ends chipped, text block separating between parts 5 and 6 in volume III, lacking text tables following parts 3 and 6 (28 leaves).

FIRST FRENCH EDITION of one of the most beautiful books dedicated to shells, illustrated with vividly hand-colored plates. Published in 6 parts between 1760 and 1773, this work was among Knorr's contributions to making Nuremberg a center of publishing for works on natural history during the 18th century. Nissen ZBI 2235.
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Location: New York, NY, US

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KNORR, GEORG WOLFGANG

Lot 3040: KNORR, GEORG WOLFGANG

Auction Date: Dec 11, 2020

Estimate: CHF300 - CHF500

Description: Verlustiging der oogen en van den geest of verzameling van allerley bekende Hoorens en Schulpen, die in haar eigen kleuren afgebeeld zyn. Band 5 u. 6, Amsterdam, Erven van F. Houttuyn, 1773/75. 4°. S. 36–117 u. 12 nn. Bll. Register. Mit 70 altkol. Kupfertafeln. Halblederband der Zeit. - Die Tafeln in sehr guter, farbfrischer Erhaltung. Der Einband berieben und bestossen. Dem 5. Teil fälschlicherweise vorgebunden, Titelblatt des 2. Teils der holländischen Ausgabe von Buffons Naturgeschichte....

Location: Zurich, CH

Auction House: Schuler Auktionen

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KNORR, Georg Wolfgang - 2 landscapes.

Lot 256: KNORR, Georg Wolfgang - 2 landscapes.

Auction Date: Dec 10, 2020

Estimate: €100 - €120

Description: 2 etchings, 19,5 x 26,7 cm, laid paper, signed in plate at lower right margin "G.W.Knorr exc.Nor." (trimmed outside platemark). - Good impressions of little-known landscape etching by Knorr....

Location: Brussels, BE

Auction House: Arenberg Auctions

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Georg Wolfgang Knorr (1705-1761) LES DÉLICES DES YEUX ET DE L'ESPRIT, OU COLLECTION GÉNÉRALE DES DIFFÉRENTES

Lot 201: Georg Wolfgang Knorr (1705-1761) LES DÉLICES DES YEUX ET DE L'ESPRIT, OU COLLECTION GÉNÉRALE DES DIFFÉRENTES

Auction Date: Dec 09, 2020

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000

Description: KNORR, Georg Wolfgang (1705-1761). Les délices des yeux et de l'esprit, ou collection générale des différentes espèces de coquillages que la mer renferme. Nuremberg: 1764-1765-1768-1770-1771-1773. One of the most beautiful books of the 18th century devoted to seashells. Knorr one of the main palaeontologists of the 18th century. A native of Nuremberg, he was apprenticed to Leonhard Blanc as a copper engraver. His first published illustrations appeared in Jacob Scheuchzer's Physica Sacra (1731), which prompted him to take an interest in natural history. Knorr then developed his knowledge with the help of Christoph Jakob Trew (1695-1769), owner of a menagerie and a natural history cabinet. Trew had surrounded himself with a group of scientists, artists and printmakers, who made Nuremberg one of the most important centres for publishing natural history books in the 18th century. Nissen ZBI, 2235. 6 parts in 3 volumes, quarto (250 x 198mm). Letterpress title in vol. I dated 1764, sometimes found in a few copies. 6 engraved titles and 190 plates, all coloured by a contemporary hand (occasional faint and insignificant browning). Contemporary catspaw calf, covers with gilt borders, gilt spines, turns-ins and edges, marbled endpapers. (6)...

Location: London, LDN, UK

Auction House: Christie's

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Georg Wolfgang Knorr (1705-1761): Corona Solis Flor; and Obeliscotheca integri folia radio aureo

Lot 18: Georg Wolfgang Knorr (1705-1761): Corona Solis Flor; and Obeliscotheca integri folia radio aureo

Auction Date: Nov 12, 2020

Estimate: $400 - $800

Description:

Two engravings in black with hand-coloring on laid paper.

Both 12 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (sight), 24 x 19 1/4 in. (frame).

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Location: Hudson, NY, US

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KNORR, GEORG WOLFGANG. 1705-1761. Les delices des yeux et de l'esprit, ou collection Generale des differentes especes de coquillages que la mer renferme. Nuremburg: 1764-1773.

Lot 192: KNORR, GEORG WOLFGANG. 1705-1761. Les delices des yeux et de l'esprit, ou collection Generale des differentes especes de coquillages que la mer renferme. Nuremburg: 1764-1773.

Auction Date: Oct 21, 2020

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000

Description: KNORR, GEORG WOLFGANG. 1705-1761.
Les delices des yeux et de l'esprit, ou collection Generale des differentes especes de coquillages que la mer renferme. Nuremburg: 1764-1773.
6 parts in 3 volumes. 4to (250 x 195 mm). 6 hand-colored engraved titles, 190 hand-colored engraved plates. Contemporary mottled calf. Joints starting, spine ends chipped, text block separating between parts 5 and 6 in volume III.

FIRST FRENCH EDITION of one of the most beautiful books dedicated to shells, illustrated with vividly hand-colored plates. Published in 6 parts between 1760 and 1773, this work was among Knorr's contributions to making Nuremberg a center of publishing for works on natural history during the 18th century. Nissen ZBI 2235.
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Location: New York, NY, US

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Georg W. Knorr botanical

Lot 53: Georg W. Knorr botanical

Auction Date: May 30, 2020

Estimate: $100 - $200

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr (German 1705-1761)- ''Salanum Coule inermi Herbaceo Foliis Pinnatis Intorgerrimis''- engraving with hand-coloring, plate 31 from 'A Garden of Prints'. 11 3/4 x 7 5/8''...

Location: Cleveland, OH, US

Auction House: Rachel Davis Fine Arts

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Knorr - 10 Shell Engravings

Lot 18647: Knorr - 10 Shell Engravings

Auction Date: May 09, 2020

Estimate: $150 - $300

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles or The Delights of the Eyes and the Mind, or General Collection of the different species of shellfish that the sea contains. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany between 1760 and 1771. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well.

Knorr noted that "physicists [...] make every effort to bring natural history to its perfection", but he regretted that for "the wonders of nature that the Sea contains in its bosom, we admire with pleasure their external beauty [...] but when it comes to looking more closely at their properties [...] we find ourselves stopped by boundaries that it does not always depend on us to cross perfectly." This was the reasoning for him doing this work, where he worked to be as scientific and truthful as possible on the subject. (Brunet, III, 682; Nissen, Zoologische, 228)
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Knorr - 9 Shell Engravings

Lot 18648: Knorr - 9 Shell Engravings

Auction Date: May 09, 2020

Estimate: $150 - $300

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles or The Delights of the Eyes and the Mind, or General Collection of the different species of shellfish that the sea contains. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany between 1760 and 1771. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well.

Knorr noted that "physicists [...] make every effort to bring natural history to its perfection", but he regretted that for "the wonders of nature that the Sea contains in its bosom, we admire with pleasure their external beauty [...] but when it comes to looking more closely at their properties [...] we find ourselves stopped by boundaries that it does not always depend on us to cross perfectly." This was the reasoning for him doing this work, where he worked to be as scientific and truthful as possible on the subject. (Brunet, III, 682; Nissen, Zoologische, 228)
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Knorr - 8 Shell Engravings

Lot 18454: Knorr - 8 Shell Engravings

Auction Date: May 02, 2020

Estimate: $150 - $300

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles or The Delights of the Eyes and the Mind, or General Collection of the different species of shellfish that the sea contains. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany between 1760 and 1771. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well.

Knorr noted that "physicists [...] make every effort to bring natural history to its perfection", but he regretted that for "the wonders of nature that the Sea contains in its bosom, we admire with pleasure their external beauty [...] but when it comes to looking more closely at their properties [...] we find ourselves stopped by boundaries that it does not always depend on us to cross perfectly." This was the reasoning for him doing this work, where he worked to be as scientific and truthful as possible on the subject. (Brunet, III, 682; Nissen, Zoologische, 228)
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Lot of 10 Sea Life Engraving & Lithographs

Lot 17640: Lot of 10 Sea Life Engraving & Lithographs

Auction Date: Apr 04, 2020

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Description: This original hand-colored engraving is from Edward Donovan’s work The Naturalist’s Repository of Exotic Natural History… Of Quadrupeds, Birds, Fishes, Insects, Shells, Marine Productions… . The work was published in London between 1822 and 1827.

Edward Donovan was involved in all the steps of creating the illustrations in his works from the drawing, etching, engraving, and hand-coloring. His artistic hand created some of the finest engravings that often have the appearance of watercolors. Donovan was an avid natural history collector, fellow of the Linnean Society and the Wernerian Natural History Society. He also opened his own private museum in 1807, the London Museum and Institute of Natural History.

Donovan’s engravings are noted for their exceptionally hand-colored images. He drew the images himself from his own museum as well as the collections of Sir Joseph Banks & Dru Drury.



This first edition, folio shell engraving is from Niccolo Gualtieri's Index testarum conchyliorum quae adservantur in museo Nicolai Gualtieri. The work was published in Florence by C. Albizzini in 1742. The plates were engraved by Antonio Pazzi & Giuseppe Menabuoni.

Gualtieri was an Italian physician and naturalist. Many of the images in the work were from his personal and renowned collection of shells. Linnaeus used many of Gualtieri's speciments for his Systema Naturae..



This striking, originally hand-colored folio engraving is from Marcus Elieser Bloch’s Ichthyologie, ou Histoire Naturelle Generale et Particuliere des Poissons. The work was published in Berlin between 1785 and 1797.

Ichthyologie is noted as "... the finest illustrated work on fishes ever produced. The plates, by a variety of artists and engravers, are outstandingly coloured, and are heightened with gold, silver, and bronze to produced the metallic sheen of fish scales." (Nissen)

Bloch was a medical doctor before he became fascinated with fish later in his life. He collected several of his own specimens to produce this famous work which described over 200 species of fish.



This exceedingly scarce lithograph is from Anatole Nikolaevich de Demmidoff (Demidov)'s work Voyage Dans La Russie Meridionale & La Crimee par la Hongrie, la Valachie & la Moldavie. It was published in Paris by Gihaut Freres between 1842 and 1848 on India paper. The artist was Denis Auguste Raffet. The work focused on the natural history of Russia and featured images of fish, mammals, birds, snakes, mushrooms, and shells.

.Demidov's father sponsored Anatole's scientific expedition through Russia and Crimea for half a million francs. Frederic Le Play led the expedition, and Jean Janin was brought for an official account to help Anatole regain favor with the Tsar who was upset with his settlement in France. While the work was dedicated to the Tsar, the team being primarily French did not help Demidov gain favor.



This superb, originally hand-colored folio engraving is from Georg Wolfgang Knorr’s rare, monumental work, Delices Physiques Choisies, ou choix de tout ce que les trois regnes de la nature renferment de plus digne des recherches d'un amateur curieux, pour en former un cabinet choisi de curiositez naturelles. The work was published in Nuremberg between 1751 and 1767.

Knorr was a German paleontologist, painter, draftsman, engraver, collector, and art dealer. He learned engraving from Leonhard Blanc and Martin Tyroff and worked on the illustrations in Jacob Scheuchzer’s Physica Sacra. He worked with the celebrated Christoph Jakob Trew as well. Knorr's Delices... is often considered his masterpiece.

Knorr was one of the leading proto-geologists of the eighteenth century as well as an excellent engraver, painter and art dealer. Born in Nuremberg, he was initially apprenticed to his father's trade of wood turning, but at the age of eighteen became an engraver of copper-plates for Leonhard Blanc, working with Martin Tyroff on the illustrations for Jacob Scheuchzer's Physica Sacra (1731). This work and his acquaintance with J.A. Beurer, a mineralogist-correspondent of the Royal Society, quickened Knorr's interest in natural history. Further stimulus was provided by the wealthy doctor and polymath Christoph Jakob Trew, owner of a menagerie as well as a wide-ranging natural history collection. Trew gathered around him a highly talented group of artists, engravers and scientists, all of whom contributed to making Nuremberg a centre for the publication of top quality large format natural history books.

In this stimulating intellectual atmosphere Knorr went on to publish a number of lavish folio volumes, but the present work is his masterpiece. It is also one of the greatest fruits of this flowering of talent in Nuremberg. It acted as a showcase for the talented artists working in the city (most of whom were patronised by Trew). Beautifully designed and executed, the work includes some of the finest natural history plates ever produced.
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Knorr - Clam Shells. 1-14

Lot 17295: Knorr - Clam Shells. 1-14

Auction Date: Mar 21, 2020

Estimate: $150 - $300

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles or The Delights of the Eyes and the Mind, or General Collection of the different species of shellfish that the sea contains. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany between 1760 and 1771. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well.

Knorr noted that "physicists [...] make every effort to bring natural history to its perfection", but he regretted that for "the wonders of nature that the Sea contains in its bosom, we admire with pleasure their external beauty [...] but when it comes to looking more closely at their properties [...] we find ourselves stopped by boundaries that it does not always depend on us to cross perfectly." This was the reasoning for him doing this work, where he worked to be as scientific and truthful as possible on the subject. (Brunet, III, 682; Nissen, Zoologische, 228)
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Knorr - Cowrie Shells. 1-13

Lot 17296: Knorr - Cowrie Shells. 1-13

Auction Date: Mar 21, 2020

Estimate: $150 - $300

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles or The Delights of the Eyes and the Mind, or General Collection of the different species of shellfish that the sea contains. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany between 1760 and 1771. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well.

Knorr noted that "physicists [...] make every effort to bring natural history to its perfection", but he regretted that for "the wonders of nature that the Sea contains in its bosom, we admire with pleasure their external beauty [...] but when it comes to looking more closely at their properties [...] we find ourselves stopped by boundaries that it does not always depend on us to cross perfectly." This was the reasoning for him doing this work, where he worked to be as scientific and truthful as possible on the subject. (Brunet, III, 682; Nissen, Zoologische, 228)
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Knorr - Clam Shells & Thorny Oyster. 6-9

Lot 17293: Knorr - Clam Shells & Thorny Oyster. 6-9

Auction Date: Mar 21, 2020

Estimate: $150 - $300

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles or The Delights of the Eyes and the Mind, or General Collection of the different species of shellfish that the sea contains. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany between 1760 and 1771. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well.

Knorr noted that "physicists [...] make every effort to bring natural history to its perfection", but he regretted that for "the wonders of nature that the Sea contains in its bosom, we admire with pleasure their external beauty [...] but when it comes to looking more closely at their properties [...] we find ourselves stopped by boundaries that it does not always depend on us to cross perfectly." This was the reasoning for him doing this work, where he worked to be as scientific and truthful as possible on the subject. (Brunet, III, 682; Nissen, Zoologische, 228)
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Knorr - Shells. 5-28

Lot 17294: Knorr - Shells. 5-28

Auction Date: Mar 21, 2020

Estimate: $150 - $300

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles or The Delights of the Eyes and the Mind, or General Collection of the different species of shellfish that the sea contains. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany between 1760 and 1771. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well.

Knorr noted that "physicists [...] make every effort to bring natural history to its perfection", but he regretted that for "the wonders of nature that the Sea contains in its bosom, we admire with pleasure their external beauty [...] but when it comes to looking more closely at their properties [...] we find ourselves stopped by boundaries that it does not always depend on us to cross perfectly." This was the reasoning for him doing this work, where he worked to be as scientific and truthful as possible on the subject. (Brunet, III, 682; Nissen, Zoologische, 228)
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Knorr - Snail & Clam Shells. 5-12

Lot 17297: Knorr - Snail & Clam Shells. 5-12

Auction Date: Mar 21, 2020

Estimate: $150 - $300

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles or The Delights of the Eyes and the Mind, or General Collection of the different species of shellfish that the sea contains. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany between 1760 and 1771. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well.

Knorr noted that "physicists [...] make every effort to bring natural history to its perfection", but he regretted that for "the wonders of nature that the Sea contains in its bosom, we admire with pleasure their external beauty [...] but when it comes to looking more closely at their properties [...] we find ourselves stopped by boundaries that it does not always depend on us to cross perfectly." This was the reasoning for him doing this work, where he worked to be as scientific and truthful as possible on the subject. (Brunet, III, 682; Nissen, Zoologische, 228)
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Knorr - Olive & Abalone Shells. 5-20

Lot 17298: Knorr - Olive & Abalone Shells. 5-20

Auction Date: Mar 21, 2020

Estimate: $150 - $300

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles or The Delights of the Eyes and the Mind, or General Collection of the different species of shellfish that the sea contains. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany between 1760 and 1771. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well.

Knorr noted that "physicists [...] make every effort to bring natural history to its perfection", but he regretted that for "the wonders of nature that the Sea contains in its bosom, we admire with pleasure their external beauty [...] but when it comes to looking more closely at their properties [...] we find ourselves stopped by boundaries that it does not always depend on us to cross perfectly." This was the reasoning for him doing this work, where he worked to be as scientific and truthful as possible on the subject. (Brunet, III, 682; Nissen, Zoologische, 228)
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Knorr - Three Puffer Fish. 34

Lot 16481: Knorr - Three Puffer Fish. 34

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2020

Estimate: $200 - $400

Description: This superb, originally hand-colored folio engraving is from Georg Wolfgang Knorr’s rare, monumental work, Delices Physiques Choisies, ou choix de tout ce que les trois regnes de la nature renferment de plus digne des recherches d'un amateur curieux, pour en former un cabinet choisi de curiositez naturelles. The work was published in Nuremberg between 1751 and 1767.

Knorr was a German paleontologist, painter, draftsman, engraver, collector, and art dealer. He learned engraving from Leonhard Blanc and Martin Tyroff and worked on the illustrations in Jacob Scheuchzer’s Physica Sacra. He worked with the celebrated Christoph Jakob Trew as well. Knorr's Delices... is often considered his masterpiece.

Knorr was one of the leading proto-geologists of the eighteenth century as well as an excellent engraver, painter and art dealer. Born in Nuremberg, he was initially apprenticed to his father's trade of wood turning, but at the age of eighteen became an engraver of copper-plates for Leonhard Blanc, working with Martin Tyroff on the illustrations for Jacob Scheuchzer's Physica Sacra (1731). This work and his acquaintance with J.A. Beurer, a mineralogist-correspondent of the Royal Society, quickened Knorr's interest in natural history. Further stimulus was provided by the wealthy doctor and polymath Christoph Jakob Trew, owner of a menagerie as well as a wide-ranging natural history collection. Trew gathered around him a highly talented group of artists, engravers and scientists, all of whom contributed to making Nuremberg a centre for the publication of top quality large format natural history books.

In this stimulating intellectual atmosphere Knorr went on to publish a number of lavish folio volumes, but the present work is his masterpiece. It is also one of the greatest fruits of this flowering of talent in Nuremberg. It acted as a showcase for the talented artists working in the city (most of whom were patronised by Trew). Beautifully designed and executed, the work includes some of the finest natural history plates ever produced.
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Knorr - Nautilus Shell. 2

Lot 16489: Knorr - Nautilus Shell. 2

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2020

Estimate: $200 - $400

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles or The Delights of the Eyes and the Mind, or General Collection of the different species of shellfish that the sea contains. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany between 1760 and 1771. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well.

Knorr noted that "physicists [...] make every effort to bring natural history to its perfection", but he regretted that for "the wonders of nature that the Sea contains in its bosom, we admire with pleasure their external beauty [...] but when it comes to looking more closely at their properties [...] we find ourselves stopped by boundaries that it does not always depend on us to cross perfectly." This was the reasoning for him doing this work, where he worked to be as scientific and truthful as possible on the subject. (Brunet, III, 682; Nissen, Zoologische, 228)
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Knorr - Nautilus Shell. 1

Lot 16490: Knorr - Nautilus Shell. 1

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2020

Estimate: $200 - $400

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles or The Delights of the Eyes and the Mind, or General Collection of the different species of shellfish that the sea contains. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany between 1760 and 1771. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well.

Knorr noted that "physicists [...] make every effort to bring natural history to its perfection", but he regretted that for "the wonders of nature that the Sea contains in its bosom, we admire with pleasure their external beauty [...] but when it comes to looking more closely at their properties [...] we find ourselves stopped by boundaries that it does not always depend on us to cross perfectly." This was the reasoning for him doing this work, where he worked to be as scientific and truthful as possible on the subject. (Brunet, III, 682; Nissen, Zoologische, 228)
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Knorr - Frontispiece with Fountain, Crowned Child, & Shells

Lot 16484: Knorr - Frontispiece with Fountain, Crowned Child, & Shells

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2020

Estimate: $200 - $400

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles or The Delights of the Eyes and the Mind, or General Collection of the different species of shellfish that the sea contains. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany between 1760 and 1771. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well.

Knorr noted that "physicists [...] make every effort to bring natural history to its perfection", but he regretted that for "the wonders of nature that the Sea contains in its bosom, we admire with pleasure their external beauty [...] but when it comes to looking more closely at their properties [...] we find ourselves stopped by boundaries that it does not always depend on us to cross perfectly." This was the reasoning for him doing this work, where he worked to be as scientific and truthful as possible on the subject. (Brunet, III, 682; Nissen, Zoologische, 228)
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Knorr - Frontispiece with Waterfall & Shells

Lot 16486: Knorr - Frontispiece with Waterfall & Shells

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2020

Estimate: $200 - $400

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles or The Delights of the Eyes and the Mind, or General Collection of the different species of shellfish that the sea contains. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany between 1760 and 1771. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well.

Knorr noted that "physicists [...] make every effort to bring natural history to its perfection", but he regretted that for "the wonders of nature that the Sea contains in its bosom, we admire with pleasure their external beauty [...] but when it comes to looking more closely at their properties [...] we find ourselves stopped by boundaries that it does not always depend on us to cross perfectly." This was the reasoning for him doing this work, where he worked to be as scientific and truthful as possible on the subject. (Brunet, III, 682; Nissen, Zoologische, 228)
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Knorr - Frontispiece with Coral & Clam Shells

Lot 16487: Knorr - Frontispiece with Coral & Clam Shells

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2020

Estimate: $200 - $400

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles or The Delights of the Eyes and the Mind, or General Collection of the different species of shellfish that the sea contains. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany between 1760 and 1771. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well.

Knorr noted that "physicists [...] make every effort to bring natural history to its perfection", but he regretted that for "the wonders of nature that the Sea contains in its bosom, we admire with pleasure their external beauty [...] but when it comes to looking more closely at their properties [...] we find ourselves stopped by boundaries that it does not always depend on us to cross perfectly." This was the reasoning for him doing this work, where he worked to be as scientific and truthful as possible on the subject. (Brunet, III, 682; Nissen, Zoologische, 228)
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Knorr - Nautilus Shell. 22

Lot 16491: Knorr - Nautilus Shell. 22

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2020

Estimate: $200 - $400

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles or The Delights of the Eyes and the Mind, or General Collection of the different species of shellfish that the sea contains. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany between 1760 and 1771. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well.

Knorr noted that "physicists [...] make every effort to bring natural history to its perfection", but he regretted that for "the wonders of nature that the Sea contains in its bosom, we admire with pleasure their external beauty [...] but when it comes to looking more closely at their properties [...] we find ourselves stopped by boundaries that it does not always depend on us to cross perfectly." This was the reasoning for him doing this work, where he worked to be as scientific and truthful as possible on the subject. (Brunet, III, 682; Nissen, Zoologische, 228)
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Knorr - Frontispiece with Coral

Lot 16488: Knorr - Frontispiece with Coral

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2020

Estimate: $200 - $400

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles or The Delights of the Eyes and the Mind, or General Collection of the different species of shellfish that the sea contains. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany between 1760 and 1771. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well.

Knorr noted that "physicists [...] make every effort to bring natural history to its perfection", but he regretted that for "the wonders of nature that the Sea contains in its bosom, we admire with pleasure their external beauty [...] but when it comes to looking more closely at their properties [...] we find ourselves stopped by boundaries that it does not always depend on us to cross perfectly." This was the reasoning for him doing this work, where he worked to be as scientific and truthful as possible on the subject. (Brunet, III, 682; Nissen, Zoologische, 228)
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Knorr - Two Puffer Fish. 28

Lot 16482: Knorr - Two Puffer Fish. 28

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2020

Estimate: $200 - $400

Description: This superb, originally hand-colored folio engraving is from Georg Wolfgang Knorr’s rare, monumental work, Delices Physiques Choisies, ou choix de tout ce que les trois regnes de la nature renferment de plus digne des recherches d'un amateur curieux, pour en former un cabinet choisi de curiositez naturelles. The work was published in Nuremberg between 1751 and 1767.

Knorr was a German paleontologist, painter, draftsman, engraver, collector, and art dealer. He learned engraving from Leonhard Blanc and Martin Tyroff and worked on the illustrations in Jacob Scheuchzer’s Physica Sacra. He worked with the celebrated Christoph Jakob Trew as well. Knorr's Delices... is often considered his masterpiece.

Knorr was one of the leading proto-geologists of the eighteenth century as well as an excellent engraver, painter and art dealer. Born in Nuremberg, he was initially apprenticed to his father's trade of wood turning, but at the age of eighteen became an engraver of copper-plates for Leonhard Blanc, working with Martin Tyroff on the illustrations for Jacob Scheuchzer's Physica Sacra (1731). This work and his acquaintance with J.A. Beurer, a mineralogist-correspondent of the Royal Society, quickened Knorr's interest in natural history. Further stimulus was provided by the wealthy doctor and polymath Christoph Jakob Trew, owner of a menagerie as well as a wide-ranging natural history collection. Trew gathered around him a highly talented group of artists, engravers and scientists, all of whom contributed to making Nuremberg a centre for the publication of top quality large format natural history books.

In this stimulating intellectual atmosphere Knorr went on to publish a number of lavish folio volumes, but the present work is his masterpiece. It is also one of the greatest fruits of this flowering of talent in Nuremberg. It acted as a showcase for the talented artists working in the city (most of whom were patronised by Trew). Beautifully designed and executed, the work includes some of the finest natural history plates ever produced.
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Knorr - Frontispiece with Merchild, Children, & Shells

Lot 16483: Knorr - Frontispiece with Merchild, Children, & Shells

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2020

Estimate: $200 - $400

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles or The Delights of the Eyes and the Mind, or General Collection of the different species of shellfish that the sea contains. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany between 1760 and 1771. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well.

Knorr noted that "physicists [...] make every effort to bring natural history to its perfection", but he regretted that for "the wonders of nature that the Sea contains in its bosom, we admire with pleasure their external beauty [...] but when it comes to looking more closely at their properties [...] we find ourselves stopped by boundaries that it does not always depend on us to cross perfectly." This was the reasoning for him doing this work, where he worked to be as scientific and truthful as possible on the subject. (Brunet, III, 682; Nissen, Zoologische, 228)
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Knorr - Frontispiece with Ship, People, Shells, & Cascading Water

Lot 16485: Knorr - Frontispiece with Ship, People, Shells, & Cascading Water

Auction Date: Feb 22, 2020

Estimate: $200 - $400

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles or The Delights of the Eyes and the Mind, or General Collection of the different species of shellfish that the sea contains. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany between 1760 and 1771. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well.

Knorr noted that "physicists [...] make every effort to bring natural history to its perfection", but he regretted that for "the wonders of nature that the Sea contains in its bosom, we admire with pleasure their external beauty [...] but when it comes to looking more closely at their properties [...] we find ourselves stopped by boundaries that it does not always depend on us to cross perfectly." This was the reasoning for him doing this work, where he worked to be as scientific and truthful as possible on the subject. (Brunet, III, 682; Nissen, Zoologische, 228)
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Knorr - Armadillo, Hedgehog. K3

Lot 9207: Knorr - Armadillo, Hedgehog. K3

Auction Date: Jun 15, 2019

Estimate: $400 - $800

Description: This superb, originally hand-colored folio engraving is from Georg Wolfgang Knorr’s rare, monumental work, Delices de la Nature ou Choix de tout ce que les Trois Regnes de la Nature … un Cabinet or Selected Delights of Nature, or the Exquisite Collector's Cabinet. The work was published in Nuremberg in 1779 by Ches les Heritiers for Knorr. The engravings are truly great illustrations from a German natural history work from the Golden Age of German printing.

Knorr was a German paleontologist, painter, draftsman, engraver, collector, and art dealer. He learned engraving from Leonhard Blanc and Martin Tyroff and worked on the illustrations in Jacob Scheuchzer’s Physica Sacra. He worked with the celebrated Christoph Jakob Trew as well. Knorr's Delices... is often considered his masterpiece.
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Knorr - Blowfish. H0

Lot 8917: Knorr - Blowfish. H0

Auction Date: Jun 01, 2019

Estimate: $400 - $800

Description: This superb, originally hand-colored folio engraving is from Georg Wolfgang Knorr’s rare, monumental work, Delices de la Nature ou Choix de tout ce que les Trois Regnes de la Nature … un Cabinet or Selected Delights of Nature, or the Exquisite Collector's Cabinet. The work was published in Nuremberg in 1779 by Ches les Heritiers for Knorr. The engravings are truly great illustrations from a German natural history work from the Golden Age of German printing.

Knorr was a German paleontologist, painter, draftsman, engraver, collector, and art dealer. He learned engraving from Leonhard Blanc and Martin Tyroff and worked on the illustrations in Jacob Scheuchzer’s Physica Sacra. He worked with the celebrated Christoph Jakob Trew as well. Knorr's Delices... is often considered his masterpiece.
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Knorr - Sea Life. A11

Lot 8916: Knorr - Sea Life. A11

Auction Date: Jun 01, 2019

Estimate: $400 - $800

Description: This superb, originally hand-colored folio engraving is from Georg Wolfgang Knorr’s rare, monumental work, Delices de la Nature ou Choix de tout ce que les Trois Regnes de la Nature … un Cabinet or Selected Delights of Nature, or the Exquisite Collector's Cabinet. The work was published in Nuremberg in 1779 by Ches les Heritiers for Knorr. The engravings are truly great illustrations from a German natural history work from the Golden Age of German printing.

Knorr was a German paleontologist, painter, draftsman, engraver, collector, and art dealer. He learned engraving from Leonhard Blanc and Martin Tyroff and worked on the illustrations in Jacob Scheuchzer’s Physica Sacra. He worked with the celebrated Christoph Jakob Trew as well. Knorr's Delices... is often considered his masterpiece.
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Knorr - Lobster, Crustaceans. F6

Lot 8918: Knorr - Lobster, Crustaceans. F6

Auction Date: Jun 01, 2019

Estimate: $400 - $800

Description: This superb, originally hand-colored folio engraving is from Georg Wolfgang Knorr’s rare, monumental work, Delices de la Nature ou Choix de tout ce que les Trois Regnes de la Nature … un Cabinet or Selected Delights of Nature, or the Exquisite Collector's Cabinet. The work was published in Nuremberg in 1779 by Ches les Heritiers for Knorr. The engravings are truly great illustrations from a German natural history work from the Golden Age of German printing.

Knorr was a German paleontologist, painter, draftsman, engraver, collector, and art dealer. He learned engraving from Leonhard Blanc and Martin Tyroff and worked on the illustrations in Jacob Scheuchzer’s Physica Sacra. He worked with the celebrated Christoph Jakob Trew as well. Knorr's Delices... is often considered his masterpiece.
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Knorr - Anteater. K9

Lot 8919: Knorr - Anteater. K9

Auction Date: Jun 01, 2019

Estimate: $400 - $800

Description: This superb, originally hand-colored folio engraving is from Georg Wolfgang Knorr’s rare, monumental work, Delices de la Nature ou Choix de tout ce que les Trois Regnes de la Nature … un Cabinet or Selected Delights of Nature, or the Exquisite Collector's Cabinet. The work was published in Nuremberg in 1779 by Ches les Heritiers for Knorr. The engravings are truly great illustrations from a German natural history work from the Golden Age of German printing.

Knorr was a German paleontologist, painter, draftsman, engraver, collector, and art dealer. He learned engraving from Leonhard Blanc and Martin Tyroff and worked on the illustrations in Jacob Scheuchzer’s Physica Sacra. He worked with the celebrated Christoph Jakob Trew as well. Knorr's Delices... is often considered his masterpiece.
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Knorr - Zebra. K8

Lot 8920: Knorr - Zebra. K8

Auction Date: Jun 01, 2019

Estimate: $400 - $800

Description: This superb, originally hand-colored folio engraving is from Georg Wolfgang Knorr’s rare, monumental work, Delices de la Nature ou Choix de tout ce que les Trois Regnes de la Nature … un Cabinet or Selected Delights of Nature, or the Exquisite Collector's Cabinet. The work was published in Nuremberg in 1779 by Ches les Heritiers for Knorr. The engravings are truly great illustrations from a German natural history work from the Golden Age of German printing.

Knorr was a German paleontologist, painter, draftsman, engraver, collector, and art dealer. He learned engraving from Leonhard Blanc and Martin Tyroff and worked on the illustrations in Jacob Scheuchzer’s Physica Sacra. He worked with the celebrated Christoph Jakob Trew as well. Knorr's Delices... is often considered his masterpiece.
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Knorr - Hippopotamus, Young. K12

Lot 8921: Knorr - Hippopotamus, Young. K12

Auction Date: Jun 01, 2019

Estimate: $400 - $800

Description: This superb, originally hand-colored folio engraving is from Georg Wolfgang Knorr’s rare, monumental work, Delices de la Nature ou Choix de tout ce que les Trois Regnes de la Nature … un Cabinet or Selected Delights of Nature, or the Exquisite Collector's Cabinet. The work was published in Nuremberg in 1779 by Ches les Heritiers for Knorr. The engravings are truly great illustrations from a German natural history work from the Golden Age of German printing.

Knorr was a German paleontologist, painter, draftsman, engraver, collector, and art dealer. He learned engraving from Leonhard Blanc and Martin Tyroff and worked on the illustrations in Jacob Scheuchzer’s Physica Sacra. He worked with the celebrated Christoph Jakob Trew as well. Knorr's Delices... is often considered his masterpiece.
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Knorr - Hippopotamus, Young. K13

Lot 8922: Knorr - Hippopotamus, Young. K13

Auction Date: Jun 01, 2019

Estimate: $400 - $800

Description: This superb, originally hand-colored folio engraving is from Georg Wolfgang Knorr’s rare, monumental work, Delices de la Nature ou Choix de tout ce que les Trois Regnes de la Nature … un Cabinet or Selected Delights of Nature, or the Exquisite Collector's Cabinet. The work was published in Nuremberg in 1779 by Ches les Heritiers for Knorr. The engravings are truly great illustrations from a German natural history work from the Golden Age of German printing.

Knorr was a German paleontologist, painter, draftsman, engraver, collector, and art dealer. He learned engraving from Leonhard Blanc and Martin Tyroff and worked on the illustrations in Jacob Scheuchzer’s Physica Sacra. He worked with the celebrated Christoph Jakob Trew as well. Knorr's Delices... is often considered his masterpiece.
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Location: Franklin, TN, US

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Knorr - Rhinoceros. K10

Lot 8923: Knorr - Rhinoceros. K10

Auction Date: Jun 01, 2019

Estimate: $400 - $800

Description: This superb, originally hand-colored folio engraving is from Georg Wolfgang Knorr’s rare, monumental work, Delices de la Nature ou Choix de tout ce que les Trois Regnes de la Nature … un Cabinet or Selected Delights of Nature, or the Exquisite Collector's Cabinet. The work was published in Nuremberg in 1779 by Ches les Heritiers for Knorr. The engravings are truly great illustrations from a German natural history work from the Golden Age of German printing.

Knorr was a German paleontologist, painter, draftsman, engraver, collector, and art dealer. He learned engraving from Leonhard Blanc and Martin Tyroff and worked on the illustrations in Jacob Scheuchzer’s Physica Sacra. He worked with the celebrated Christoph Jakob Trew as well. Knorr's Delices... is often considered his masterpiece.
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Knorr - Falconry; Falcon with Headdress. I3

Lot 8924: Knorr - Falconry; Falcon with Headdress. I3

Auction Date: Jun 01, 2019

Estimate: $600 - $1,000

Description: This superb, originally hand-colored folio engraving is from Georg Wolfgang Knorr’s rare, monumental work, Delices de la Nature ou Choix de tout ce que les Trois Regnes de la Nature … un Cabinet or Selected Delights of Nature, or the Exquisite Collector's Cabinet. The work was published in Nuremberg in 1779 by Ches les Heritiers for Knorr. The engravings are truly great illustrations from a German natural history work from the Golden Age of German printing.

Knorr was a German paleontologist, painter, draftsman, engraver, collector, and art dealer. He learned engraving from Leonhard Blanc and Martin Tyroff and worked on the illustrations in Jacob Scheuchzer’s Physica Sacra. He worked with the celebrated Christoph Jakob Trew as well. Knorr's Delices... is often considered his masterpiece.
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Knorr - Penguin. I2

Lot 8142: Knorr - Penguin. I2

Auction Date: May 04, 2019

Estimate: $400 - $800

Description: This superb, originally hand-colored folio engraving is from Georg Wolfgang Knorr’s rare, monumental work, Delices de la Nature ou Choix de tout ce que les Trois Regnes de la Nature … un Cabinet or Selected Delights of Nature, or the Exquisite Collector's Cabinet. The work was published in Nuremberg in 1779 by Ches les Heritiers for Knorr. The engravings are truly great illustrations from a German natural history work from the Golden Age of German printing.

Knorr was a German paleontologist, painter, draftsman, engraver, collector, and art dealer. He learned engraving from Leonhard Blanc and Martin Tyroff and worked on the illustrations in Jacob Scheuchzer’s Physica Sacra. He worked with the celebrated Christoph Jakob Trew as well. Knorr's Delices... is often considered his masterpiece.
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Knorr - 5 Shell Engravings

Lot 255: Knorr - 5 Shell Engravings

Auction Date: Apr 14, 2018

Estimate: $250 - $500

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany in 1764. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well....

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SHELL COLLECTIONS - ORIGINAL 18th Century Gifts from the Sea - NINE (9) PIECES

Lot 132: SHELL COLLECTIONS - ORIGINAL 18th Century Gifts from the Sea - NINE (9) PIECES

Auction Date: Apr 07, 2018

Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000

Description: Rare hand colored copperplate engraving selected from a German work (translated in French) entitled "Les Delices des Yeux et de l'Esprit, ou Collection Generale des Differentes Especes de Coquillages que la Mer Renferme, published under the supervision of Georg Wolfgang Knorr in Nuremberg between 1760 and 1773. Knorr was one of the leading proto-geologists of the eighteenth century as well as an excellent engraver, painter and art dealer. Born in Nuremberg, he was initially apprenticed to his father's trade of wood turning, but at the age of eighteen became an engraver of copper-plates for Leonhard Blanc, working with Martin Tyroff on the illustrations for Jacob Scheuchzer's Physica Sacra (1731). This work and his acquaintance with J.A. Beurer, a mineralogist-correspondent of the Royal Society, quickened Knorr's interest in natural history. Further stimulus was provided by the wealthy doctor and polymath Christoph Jakob Trew, owner of a menagerie as well as a wide-ranging natural history collection. Trew gathered around him a highly talented group of artists, engravers and scientists, all of whom contributed to making Nuremberg a centre for the publication of top quality large format natural history books....

Location: Paris, FR

Auction House: Vasari Fine Art

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Knorr - 10 Shell Engravings

Lot 53: Knorr - 10 Shell Engravings

Auction Date: Mar 31, 2018

Estimate: $400 - $800

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany in 1764. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well....

Location: Franklin, TN, US

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Knorr - 10 Shell Engravings

Lot 663: Knorr - 10 Shell Engravings

Auction Date: Mar 17, 2018

Estimate: $400 - $800

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany in 1764. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well....

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18th Century Gifts from the Sea - Nine (9) piece collection

Lot 137: 18th Century Gifts from the Sea - Nine (9) piece collection

Auction Date: Mar 14, 2018

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

Description: Rare hand colored copperplate engraving selected from a German work (translated in French) entitled "Les Delices des Yeux et de l'Esprit, ou Collection Generale des Differentes Especes de Coquillages que la Mer Renferme, published under the supervision of Georg Wolfgang Knorr in Nuremberg between 1760 and 1773. Knorr was one of the leading proto-geologists of the eighteenth century as well as an excellent engraver, painter and art dealer. Born in Nuremberg, he was initially apprenticed to his father's trade of wood turning, but at the age of eighteen became an engraver of copper-plates for Leonhard Blanc, working with Martin Tyroff on the illustrations for Jacob Scheuchzer's Physica Sacra (1731). This work and his acquaintance with J.A. Beurer, a mineralogist-correspondent of the Royal Society, quickened Knorr's interest in natural history. Further stimulus was provided by the wealthy doctor and polymath Christoph Jakob Trew, owner of a menagerie as well as a wide-ranging natural history collection. Trew gathered around him a highly talented group of artists, engravers and scientists, all of whom contributed to making Nuremberg a centre for the publication of top quality large format natural history books....

Location: Paris, FR

Auction House: Vasari Fine Art

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Knorr - 10 Shell Engravings

Lot 481: Knorr - 10 Shell Engravings

Auction Date: Mar 03, 2018

Estimate: $400 - $800

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany in 1764. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well....

Location: Franklin, TN, US

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Knorr - 10 Shell Engravings

Lot 298: Knorr - 10 Shell Engravings

Auction Date: Feb 17, 2018

Estimate: $400 - $800

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany in 1764. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well....

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Georg Knorr. Thesaurus rei Herbariae Universalis.

Lot 339: Georg Knorr. Thesaurus rei Herbariae Universalis.

Auction Date: Jan 25, 2018

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Description: Knorr, Georg Wolfgang. German (1705-1761). Eleven plates from "Thesarus rei Herbariae Hortensique Universalis." Secondary title: "Regnum Florae or the kingdom of flowers with all its beauties," Nuremberg: 1750-80. Hand-colored copperplate engravings on laid paper. Each approximately: 10" x 15.5" ++ Plate 7: Anemone pedunculo involucrato, petalis rectis, foliis bipinnatis. ++ Plate 161: Eryngium foliis ad terram cordatis, sub umbrella pinnatis, ciliatis, copiosissimis. ++ Plate V: Viola Martia Purpurea. ++ Plate 87: Millefollium flore incarnato. ++ Plate 189: Solidago caule erecto, racemis alternis erectis. ++ Plate 146: Pimpinella maxima, Canadensis, alba, spicata. ++ Plate 14: Convallaria scaponudo. ++ Plate 86: Scabiosa capitulo globoso major. ++ Plate 70: Plantago angustisolia maior. ++ Plate 76: Rhenum foliis glabrium petiolos sub fulcatis. ++ Plate 180: Arundo pratensis. Arundo pratensis variegata. Provenance: A Virginia Collector. Condition: Very good to near fine condition, all with margins. Pale light- staining and minor surface soiling....

Location: Falls Church, VA, US

Auction House: Quinn's Auction Galleries

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Georg Knorr. Thesaurus rei Herbariae Universalis.

Lot 341: Georg Knorr. Thesaurus rei Herbariae Universalis.

Auction Date: Jan 25, 2018

Estimate: $400 - $600

Description: Knorr, Georg Wolfgang. German (1705-1761). Four plates featuring irises and lily. From "Thesaurus rei Herbariae Hortensique Universalis." Secondary title: "Regnum Florae or the kingdom of flowers with all its beauties," Nuremberg: 1750-80. Hand-colored copper-plate engravings on laid paper. Each approximately: 10" x 15.5" ++ Liliio narcissus lacobaeus flore sanguine onutante Horti Elthamensis. ++ L.4: Iris lutea, variegata Lobelii. ++ L.3: Iris Anglicana major, violaceo flore. ++ L.7: Iris alba, Florentina. ++ Provenance: A Virginia Collector. Condition: Very good condition. Little to no toning. Scattered foxing. Lilio narcissus and Iris alba Florentina each have closed, repaired tears to bottom margin....

Location: Falls Church, VA, US

Auction House: Quinn's Auction Galleries

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Knorr - 15 Shell Engravings

Lot 741: Knorr - 15 Shell Engravings

Auction Date: Jan 20, 2018

Estimate: $200 - $300

Description: Georg Wolfgang Knorr created one of the most renowned works on shells entitled Les Delices des Yeux et de L'Esprit, a la Representation d'une Collection Universelle des Coquilles. The work was published in Nuremberg, Germany in 1764. Knorr's work was notable for its attractive hand-coloring. Each plate features beautiful shells on chain-linked paper. Some plates feature a crown watermark as well....

Location: Franklin, TN, US

Auction House: Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books

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