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Auction 121, Lot 814

"[Lot of 3 - Botanicals]", Weinmann, Johann

Subject: Botanicals

Period: 1740 (circa)

Publication: Phytanthoza iconographia

Color: Hand Color

8.5 x 13 inches
21.6 x 33 cm

Lot of three verdant engravings from this scarce, monumental work. The plates were produced in a combination of etching and mezzotint engraving. The process had been invented by Johann Teyler in the Netherlands around 1688, and made possible delicate lines and a very fine grain. The addition of hand coloring brought about unusual and subtle effects that make these beautiful plates very desirable. Includes plates 17, 153 and 165.

Weinmann’s major creation was Phytanthoza iconographia (1737-1745), a great project that comprised eight folio volumes with more than a thousand engravings of several thousand plants. One of the artists Weinmann employed was Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-1770) who would become one of the foremost botanical illustrators of the eighteenth century. The text was written by the Regensburg physician, Dr. Johann Georg Nicolaus Dieterichs. Phytanthoza iconographia was published in both Latin and German.


Condition: A

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $170

Closed on 9/26/2007