4978 - 5172 FINE ARTS - 16th-19th CENTURY DRAWINGS, WATERCOLOURS and PAINTINGS
- A few thin spots and one neatly closed tear. Doubled. Otherwise fine.
= SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XCVI.
- A few sm. scratches in the ink; the glass surface in overall fine condition.
- Sl. foxed. = With unidentified partly visible watermark (heraldic shield topped by a crown).
- Browned. = With an unidentified collector's mark in lower right corner (not in Lugt).
= With collector's mark of L. Ronzé-Huet on mount (Lugt 1742).
- On paper w. watermark of a vase/ elegant pot. A few marginal old folds/ creases; two very small (burn)holes; trifle yellowed/ soiled/ foxed.
Idem. "'t Blochuÿs te Lÿssel." Drawing, pen and brown ink and sepia wash, 11x17,5 cm.
- No watermark. = Title in banner similar to the above drawing.
- Creased; duststained; outer edges trimmed w. sm. loss of image.
= Captions read: "Charitas", "Pan Civinga (?) vervolgende" and "de vier Elementen". Perhaps designs for fountains.
AND another 18th cent. drawing showing a king on his throne with an audience and a snake at his feet.
- Creased; frayed and w. a few tears.
Anonymous (18th cent.). (Two rococo ornament designs). Two drawings, pen and ink, 38x25 and 36x23 cm.
- Various defects.
= First drawing w. annotation on verso "Desen bouck behoort toe aen Joseph Veys anno 1772".
AND 2 others.
- Folded once, w. tear in fold.
= On paper with watermark of a crowned coat of arms of the city of Amsterdam and the initials "IG".
- A few vague stains. Oherwise fine.
= Very early drawing of the "original" Siamese twins Chang and Eng (1811-1874), after whom the medical condition known as "Siamese twins" was named. The twins were discovered in 1829 by Robert Hunter, who managed to convince the twins' mother and the King of Thailand (with extra payment and other perks) to allow him to take the twins with him on a tour on which they were displayed. They had huge success and eventually became wealthy and independent from Hunter. They got married with two American sisters and settled in Mount Airy (North Carolina), where they took up farming and raised a large family. Only when their financial circumstances had become stretched due to the Civil War, they had to start touring again. Although they died in relative obscurity, their life had been very succesfull during the time that they exhibited themselves to the American, French and British public (despite (or perhaps even because of) the moral outcry on the part of the more conservative Americans, when they married the two American sisters Sarah and Adelaide Yates). SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XCV.
- Some old creases; rubbed spots; doubled with contemp. boards w. a section of a letterpress cashbook leaf w. manuscript entries dated 1724-1725.
= With French title in contemp. manuscript on verso reading "Peche du Corail male coté de Guinée". Remarkable and lively scene, showing numerous slaves busy diving for coral from various boats, a large galleon in the background. Slaves, much better swimmers than their white masters, were being exploited by Spanish colonists in Africa, the Caribbean and the Spanish Americas from the 16th century onwards for pearl diving and salvaging precious cargo from shipwrecks. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XCVII.
- Some creases; rubbed spots.
= With French title in contemp. manuscript on verso reading "Peche des Perles". Remarkable and lively scene, showing numerous slaves busy diving for pearls and coral from various boats and opening and examining the oystershells. Slaves, much better swimmers than their white masters, were being exploited by Spanish colonists in Africa, the Caribbean and the Spanish Americas from the 16th century onwards for pearl diving and salvaging precious cargo from shipwrecks. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XCVII.
- Sl. dam. in both upper outer margins (without loss of image, but inside framing line).
= Probably a design for a wallpaper panel, paper with watermark of "N.V. Vorster".
- Sl. foxed. = With a later added signature "Koekkoek" in pencil.
- Fine condition.
= Artist identified on verso in old hand as "G.B. Tiepolo". Despite the fact that this is probably not correct, the drawing is distinctly attractive. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XCVI.
- Mounted on board; a painted over closed tear in upper left corner; duststained.