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Auction 94, Lot 433

"1. Chromis castanea 2. Labrus prasosticles",

Subject: Fish

Period: 1837 (published)



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The following lots are from Anatole de Demidoff's "Voyage dans la Russie Méridionale et la Crimée...Hongrie...Moldavie." These plates were executed about 1837 and are considered the finest plates ever produced on Russian natural history. The plates are after Travies, Pretre and Oudart, all renowned natural history artists of the period. The ichthyological plates are of a great beauty and belong to the very best ever made on this subject. Only thirty-two plates were produced. Demidoff (1812-1870) was a well-known traveler, who married Princess Mathilde, daughter of Jerome Bonaparte. Plates are approximately 10.5" x 16" and are fine copper engravings with the most beautiful original color imaginable, many with gold highlighting.

Very colorful plate featuring a Damselfish and a Wrasse. The Wrasse is superbly depicted in shades of teal, green, and peach and highlighted in gold.


Condition: A

Estimate: $170 - $200

Sold for: $85

Closed on 3/7/2001