Auction 140, Lot 863

"[Fireworks] Eigentliche abbild, und Vorstellung dess sehr Kunstlichen und kostbarn Feuerwercks, welches aus dem Hochfeyerlichen Kayserl. Beylager zu Wien…", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Fireworks Print - Vienna, Austria

Period: 1670 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Europaeum

Color: Black & White

Size:
13.3 x 11.5 inches
33.8 x 29.2 cm

A stunning panoramic view of a huge and magnificent fireworks display in Vienna, which was held at the Imperial Palace in celebration of the wedding of Emperor Leopold I and the Spanish Infanta Margarita Teresa. The two triumphal arches in the foreground feature flaming hearts inscribed with the initials "L" and "M" to symbolize Leopold and Margarita. In front of the arches, Hercules battles the Centaurs, and behind them a phoenix rises from flames on an altar. A very early depiction of an organized firework display.

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Condition: A

Printed on watermarked paper with marginal soiling.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $160

Closed on 5/23/2012

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