Rare and Decorative View of Paris
"Paris Paris", Werner, Friedrich Bernhard
Subject: Paris, France
Period: 1740 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
16 x 11.5 inches
40.6 x 29.2 cm
This rare decorative bird's-eye view of Paris includes numbered keys in French and German identifying 47 locations. The title banner is held aloft by two putti, while five allegorical figures are portrayed in the foreground of the view. Minerva and a saint are on the left, while Prudence, Mercury and a soldier are on the right. In between them is the coat of arms of the city surmounted by the Royal Crown. The view is encased in a delicately engraved picture-frame style border, below which are brief descriptions of the great city in Latin and German. This lovely view was drawn by Werner and engraved by Iohannes Georg Pinz, with ornamentation by Thomas Scheffler. Published in Augsburg by Martin Engelbrecht.
Expertly remargined at top and right with a portion of frame-border replaced in facsimile. Backed in tissue to repair several small tears, creases, and a hole in German legend at right. Trimmed close to neatlines, but still ample room for framing. Despite these imperfections, this piece presents itself quite well.