Auction 125, Lot 600

"Plan de Ville et Chateaux de Fribourg, dans le Brisgau sur le Rhin. [on sheet with] Freiburg im Breisgaw", Seutter/Lotter

Subject: Germany, Freiburg im Breisgau

Period: 1740 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 19.3 inches
57.2 x 49 cm

This is a very scarce, decorative plan of Freiburg im Breisgau and the surrounding countryside. The uncolored perspective below depicts the city walls and fortress with the Black Forest in the background and the Dreisam River in the foreground. This plan was made at the conclusion of the War of Spanish Succession and depicts the city ramparts which were rebuilt under Vauban's supervision. A brief history is presented in the cartouche at upper right and the coat of arms is displayed at upper left. The view is flanked by the mythical figures of Mars representing war and Demeter symbolizing the earth's bounty.


Condition: C+

There are a couple of small spots and minor creases in the map and the original color is a bit faded. A thumbnail sized hole in the perspective has been backed with old paper and is surprisingly unobtrusive. A short centerfold separation at top is closed with archival tape and there are remnants of mounting tape on verso.

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $240

Closed on 9/24/2008