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  • Roman antiquities, Giovanni Battista Piranesi published c1807-0

    Roman antiquities, Giovanni Battista Piranesi published c1807

    £900 each Stock code: P00696 I
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    Roman antiquities, Giovanni Battista Piranesi published c1807

    Born in Mogliano close to Venice, Piranesi, although trained as an architect became famous as an engraver, and archaeologist. Moving in 1740 to Rome, a lack of architectural commissions led him to develop etching skills and collaborating with pupils of the French Academy in Rome he produced a series of views of the city. These early works, Prima parte di Architettura e Prospettive (1743), followed in 1745 by Varie Vedute di Roma Antica e Moderna were produced during the era of the Grand Tour; when noblemen in the 18th century, completed their education with a period of European travel. This so-called Grand Tour could last from a few months to many years. At this time most ancient monuments in Rome were abandoned in fields and gardens. Piranesi's precise observational skills allowed him to preserve them in some way with his engravings. A third of the monuments in Piranesi's engravings have now disappeared, and many had the stucco and surfacing stolen. With the publication in 1756 of Le Antichità Romane there was immediate international success and Piranesi was elected a member of the Society of Antiquaries in London in 1757. The etchings, with their combination of technical skill, historical accuracy and artistic vision, Robert Adam observed, "he alone might be said to breath the Antient Air."
    Dimensions: 68cm (26¾") High, 82cm (32¼") Wide, 4cm (1½") Deep
    Stock code: P00696 I
    £900 each
  • Roman antiquities, Giovanni Battista Piranesi published c1807-0

    Roman antiquities, Giovanni Battista Piranesi published c1807

    £900 each Stock code: P00696 J
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    Roman antiquities, Giovanni Battista Piranesi published c1807

    Born in Mogliano close to Venice, Piranesi, although trained as an architect became famous as an engraver, and archaeologist. Moving in 1740 to Rome, a lack of architectural commissions led him to develop etching skills and collaborating with pupils of the French Academy in Rome he produced a series of views of the city. These early works, Prima parte di Architettura e Prospettive (1743), followed in 1745 by Varie Vedute di Roma Antica e Moderna were produced during the era of the Grand Tour; when noblemen in the 18th century, completed their education with a period of European travel. This so-called Grand Tour could last from a few months to many years. At this time most ancient monuments in Rome were abandoned in fields and gardens. Piranesi's precise observational skills allowed him to preserve them in some way with his engravings. A third of the monuments in Piranesi's engravings have now disappeared, and many had the stucco and surfacing stolen. With the publication in 1756 of Le Antichità Romane there was immediate international success and Piranesi was elected a member of the Society of Antiquaries in London in 1757. The etchings, with their combination of technical skill, historical accuracy and artistic vision, Robert Adam observed, "he alone might be said to breath the Antient Air."
    Dimensions: 68cm (26¾") High, 82cm (32¼") Wide, 4cm (1½") Deep
    Stock code: P00696 J
    £900 each
  • Rare example of a reversed engraving on glass, depicting Caroline of Brunswick, made c1821-0

    Rare example of a reversed engraving on glass, depicting Caroline of Brunswick, made c1821

    £900 Stock code: P00791
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    Rare example of a reversed engraving on glass, depicting Caroline of Brunswick, made c1821

    Reverse glass printing is a process whereby a print is transferred to a sheet of glass, varnished and coloured to resemble an oil painting.

    The Prince of Wales, son of King George III was introduced to his potential bride, Caroline of Brunswick out of need for money as he was in great debt. Caroline famously, short, fat, ugly and never changed her undergarments, and rarely washed. Her body odour was overwhelming.

    Caroline was very popular with the London public whilst King George was not. Every day when attending the House of Lords her coach was escorted by the cheering mob. George IV’s Coronation was to be the 29th April 1821 but Caroline was told that she would not be taking part in it. Undaunted Caroline arrived at the door of Westminster Abbey on the day demanding to be admitted, but the doors were slammed in her face.

    She died 19 days after her frustrated attempt to get into the Abbey and was buried in Brunswick, and on her coffin was inscribed… ‘CAROLINE THE INJURED QUEEN OF ENGLAND’.

    Dimensions: 32cm (12½") High, 42cm (16½") Wide, 3cm (1¼") Deep
    Stock code: P00791
    £900
  • Aquatint of Randalls Mill by John Clevelly

    Randalls Mill by John Clevely,

    £900 Stock code: p00573
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    Randalls Mill by John Clevely,

    published circa 1787.
    Dimensions: 51cm (20") High, 67.5cm (26½") Wide
    Stock code: p00573
    £900
  • An original Vue d'Optique print,-0

    An original Vue d’Optique print,

    £900 Stock code: p00565
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    An original Vue d’Optique print,

    published in Paris circa 1750.
    Dimensions: 49.5cm (19½") High, 60.5cm (23¾") Wide
    Stock code: p00565
    £900
  • Vue d'Optique

    An original Vue d’Optique print,

    £900 Stock code: p00566
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    An original Vue d’Optique print,

    published in Paris circa 1750,
    Dimensions: 53cm (20¾") High, 66cm (26") Wide
    Stock code: p00566
    £900
  • The Chinese Pavillions in Vauxhall Gardens, -0

    The Chinese Pavillions in Vauxhall Gardens,

    £900 Stock code: p00564
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    The Chinese Pavillions in Vauxhall Gardens,

    published by Robert Sayer,
    Dimensions: 46cm (18") High, 60cm (23½") Wide
    Stock code: p00564
    £900
  • Copper engravings of 'Four Stages of Cruelty'

    The Four Stages of Cruelty after William Hogarth. A set of four copper-engraved prints

    £900 the set of four Stock code: P00543
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    The Four Stages of Cruelty after William Hogarth. A set of four copper-engraved prints

    The social epidemic of wanton cruelty.

    Framed with gold slip

    Dimensions: 56cm (22") High, 48cm (19") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: P00543
    £900 the set of four
  • Little Boy Blue pantomime poster,-0

    Little Boy Blue pantomime poster,

    £3,900 £850 Stock code: 31700
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    Little Boy Blue pantomime poster,

    A framed pantomime poster featuring Little Boy Blue,
    Dimensions: 228cm (89¾") High, 167cm (65¾") Wide, 3cm (1¼") Deep
    Stock code: 31700
    £3,900 £850
  • Dick Whittington pantomime poster,-0

    Dick Whittington pantomime poster,

    £3,900 £850 Stock code: 31701
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    Dick Whittington pantomime poster,

    A framed pantomime poster featuring Dick Whittington poster,
    Dimensions: 228cm (89¾") High, 107cm (42¼") Wide, 3cm (1¼") Deep
    Stock code: 31701
    £3,900 £850
  • England and France, after William Hogarth published c1805-0

    England and France, after William Hogarth published c1805

    £750 the set Stock code: P00802
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    England and France, after William Hogarth published c1805

    William Hogarth produced these prints to boost public morale when an invasion from France seemed probable.

    Hogarth depicts the weak and emaciated army ready to invade England. The alehouse sign reading 'Meagre Soup at the Royal Comb' points this up. There is also an officer roasting four frogs on his sword. A further soldier carries a banner which reads 'Vengeance with the good beer and good beef of England'. There is also a portly monk (obviously the church folk won't be hungry), and he carries plans for a monastery to be built at Blackfriars.

    In contrast he believed the English to be always well fed and always merry, despite the evidence of widespread poverty. Here a recruitment officer is shown measuring up a volunteer. The man has to stand on tiptoe to reach the required height. A round of beef and some porter is on the table in front of some revellers, one of whom is drawing a pastiche of the French King, who is uttering the words "You take my fine ships you bede pirate you bede Teef me send my grand armies and hang you all Morbleu."

    Dimensions: 56cm (22") High, 62cm (24½") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: P00802
    £750 the set
  • Snakes by Albertus Seba

    Snakes by Albertus Seba (1665-1736)

    £680 each Stock code: P01103 J
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    Snakes by Albertus Seba (1665-1736)

    Published to illustrate Seba's 'cabinet of curiosities' Framed
    Dimensions: 65cm (25½") High, 48cm (19") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: P01103 J
    £680 each

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  • Brunswick lace panel-0

    Brunswick lace panel

    £336 per panel Stock code: t002
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    Brunswick lace panel

    Handloom weaving was brought to the Irvine Valley, Scotland, in the late 16th century. The craft of lace making was later introduced to the area in 1876 followed shortly by the invention of the power loom in 1877. Lace and Madras weaving continued to flourish there until the late 1970s. The struggle for companies to compete with the distribution of emerging European and Asian economies had a profound effect on the Scottish textile industry. Fortunately these patterned lace panels continue to be woven in Scotland on some of the last remaining Nottingham lace looms in the world. The manufacturing process is extremely labour intensive; the looms run at a very slow, controlled pace so as to give a high level of quality control. LASSCO has been working closely with the weavers to develop a unique collection of lace panels. These patterns were selected for use in, and especially woven for, the Saloon at Brunswick House, the 1758 Georgian Vauxhall home of the Duke of Brunswick that is now the LASSCO 'flagship'. With authentic Gainsborough patterns appropriately reminiscent of the Vauxhall Gardens style, the lower edges are worked in embroidered scallops. Currently two in stock.
    Dimensions: 300cm (118") High, 165cm (65") Wide
    Stock code: t002
    £336 per panel