Auction 91, Lot 409

"Pair of 18th Century engravings",

Subject: Ballooning

Period: 1730-85 (circa)

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Size:
8.5 x 8 inches
21.6 x 20.3 cm

First, titled "Seconds Voyageurs Aëriens, ou Expérience de MM Charles et Robert" is a hand-colored copperplate engraving of the launch of a balloon with a large crowd gathered on the palace grounds. French text at bottom describes the voyage and includes an inset map. Second (9.8 x 8.5") is an uncolored engraving illustrating a political satire, concerning the wars between the English and the Dutch. It includes a very interesting balloon with a canoe shaped basket.

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Condition: A

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $110

Closed on 6/14/2000

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