1825 Monuments Français Inédits Pour Servir à L’histoire des Arts

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We sold this item at auction for $300
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French Monuments Unpublished: A Glimpse into 19th Century French Art and Culture

Published in 1825, “Monuments français inédits” offers a unique window into French art, costumes, weaponry, and domestic life of the early 19th century. This oversized folio, sold by Britannic Auctions for $300, presents a comprehensive visual encyclopedia of French decorative arts.

Full Title: “Monuments français inédits: pour servir à l’histoire des arts, des costumes civils et militaires, armes et armures, instrumens de musique, meubles de toute espèce, et décorations intérieures et extérieures des maisons”

Translated: “Unpublished French Monuments: to serve the history of arts, civilian and military costumes, weapons and armor, musical instruments, furniture of all kinds, and interior and exterior decorations of houses.”

Overview of the Work

This first edition folio comprises 247 plates, with a remarkable 146 plates meticulously hand-colored, showcasing unparalleled artistry in coloring.

An additional 41 plates feature partial hand coloring, while 24 plates are intricately illuminated, adding depth and richness to the illustrations. These exquisite plates depict a wide array of subjects, including weapons, furniture, musical instruments, costumes, and architectural details, providing a comprehensive survey of French cultural heritage.

Printed in Paris and London, “Monuments français inédits” reflects the cultural exchange and artistic collaboration between France and England during the early 19th century. The work exemplifies the growing interest in preserving and documenting historical artifacts and artistic traditions amidst the socio-political changes of the era.

Artistic Significance

The hand-colored plates in this folio represent some of the finest examples of artistic craftsmanship of the period.

The meticulous attention to detail and vibrant color palette highlight the skill and dedication of the artisans involved in the production of this work.

Britannic Auctions determined that this particular copy of “Monuments français inédits” contains the highest number of hand-colored plates compared to any other copy sold at auction in recent records. This rarity and exceptional quality make it a highly coveted collector’s item among enthusiasts of French art and history.

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