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DE LA COUR
First book of ornaments dedicated to the Right Hon:ble the Lord Middlesex Inv.t by his Lordships most hum.ble & obedient Serv.t De La Cour.
[London]: published according to Act of Parliament, Novr. ye 13, 1741.
Engr. t.-pl., [6] engr. pl. ; 40.0 cm. (2°)

This is one of the earliest dated suites of rococo ornament published in England and is exceedingly rare. The only other recorded copy in this country is in the National Art Library. De La Cour, an engraver and ornamentalist presumably of French origin, published eight books of ornament in the rococo style, the Eigth Book of Ornament issued in 1747 is also in the NAL. The plates were engraved by François Vivares (1709--1780), also of French origin.

Copy Notes Bound (2) with a selection of [33] engraved designs, mostly by Nicolas Pineau, for panelling, chimney-pieces and doors etc. from tome III of L'architecture française published in Paris in 1727 by Jean Mariette 'rue St. Jacques aux colonnes d'Hercules' (q.v., copy 3), and Nouveaux Desseins de Carosses ... par ... Mondon le fils (q.v.). Pasted down on the versos of the first 16 Mariette engravings are drawings in pen and ink and pencil of neo-classical ornaments: one of these for a large urn is attributed to Thomas Hardwick, two for a vase and tripod framed by circular wreaths are attributed to Robert Adam. Loosely inserted between the drawings attributed to Adam is a pen and ink design for an oval mirror by him. (See Soane Drawings Concise Catalogue, Volumes, No. 106.) The paste-downs also include two engravings of the doors of the basilica of Pisa drawn by Giuseppi and Francesco Milani and engraved by Giovanni Girolamo Frezza (1659--1743) from Giuseppi Martini's Theatrum Basilicae Pisanae, first published Rome, 1705 (q.v.), and three miscellaneous engravings of ornament.

Binding C18th half textured sheep, blue paper boards, paper spine-label lettered in ink 'Architecture/ French sides(?) of Ro:/ & antique Ornam.'.

Reference Number 6491


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