Auction 128, Lot 639

"Francofurtum ad Moenum, Libera Imperii, ut et Electioni et Coronationi Caesarum Romanorum…", Seutter, Matthias

Subject: Germany, Frankfurt am Main

Period: 1740 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
22.5 x 19.2 inches
57.2 x 48.8 cm

Bold bird's-eye plan of Frankfurt am Main beautifully illustrated to show the cathedral, churches and major buildings. Along the lower border are three vignette scenes: the Emperor entering the city, with the Imperial eagle hovering symbolically overhead, a panoramic view of the city from across the Main, and an allegorical scene with Mercury, the god of trade and commerce, pouring money into a cornucopia, symbolizing the city's wealth.

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Condition: B

Very strong and slightly uneven original color with some scattered foxing. The top margin is narrow, as issued, but is adequate for framing.

Estimate: $700 - $800

Sold for: $400

Closed on 5/20/2009

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