NOUVELLE COLLECTION D'ARABESQUES, PROPRES A LA DECORATION DES APPARTEMENS
LAVALLEE-POUSSIN, Etienne de, and others. NOUVELLE COLLECTION D'ARABESQUES, PROPRES A LA DECORATION DES APPARTEMENS.
Paris: Treuttel et Wurtz, (1810). Large 4to. Publisher's cloth. 12 pages, 40 etched and aquatint plates.
The ornamental decorations were first issued in 1785 and were made popular through the work of Clerisseau and Belanger. Their sources were the antiquities of Herculaneum, the grotesques of Raphael, and designs on ancient Roman palaces and villas. The first twenty plates are after Lavallee-Poussin, after his fifteen year stay in Rome. The remainder were drawn by Voisin, Le Clerc, Berthelot, de Claire, and L. Janneret. The work is complete, as issued. It also contains an introduction by Marie Alexandre Lenoir (1761-1839). The final suite of four plates by Janneret shows the designs in architectural settings, illustrating their use for interior decorating. Some skillful repairs to hinges, else a very good copy. Scarce.