Title: Essai sur les Nielles, Gravures des Orfevres...
Publisher: Merlin, Paris
Publication Date: 1826
Octavo. rebacked long ago, original marbled boards. Illustrated. Nielli (in Italian Niello) is the art, process, or method of decorating metal with incised designs filled with the black alloy and also refers to an impression on paper taken from the engraved or incised surface before the niello alloy has been inlaid, and this is what the author is discussing in this volume. Duchesne gives detailed background of the technique, and history of Niellos in Europe at the time of writing, as well as giving a "check list" of the more important collections with illustrations. The Monograph on Nielli was the first work on Nielli to be published.Duchesne worked in the print department of the Imperial Library (later the Bibliotheque National) for 60 years, until he died in 1855 (?), and wrote several books on art.Jean Duchesne Aine was most famous for compiling a catalogue of the holdings of the Louvre prior to 1815. The Louvre was inaugurated in 1800 and intended to be home to all the art treasres of Europe. 1815 is the year of Napoleon's defeat and as such the beginning of the return of masses of art treasures stolen and brought to the Louvre by him. The volume lists many, many of the great treasures of Europe, some which are now vanished, in art, sculpture and other media. The bookplate of David Keppel refers to the art dealer David Keppel (1877-1956) who developed the firm his grandfather Frederick Keppel (1844-1912) had begun as the first dealer in fine etchings and engravings in North America.The bookplate underneath the Keppel one belongs to William Horatio Crawford of the well brewerey family. William Crawford I of Crawfordsburn had two sons, John and James. James Crawford had seven children, one of whom, William, came to Cork in 1792, founded the brewing firm along with William Beamish; and built the house 'Lakelands' near Blackrock. The Beamish and Crawford brewery was successful from the outset. Although William the Younger had been a founder of the original school of art in Cork, it was his son William Horatio (1812-1888), who was to become the great benefactor of the construction of the magnificent building which stands today as the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery. William Horatio Crawford spent much of his life working in the family firm, which he took over along with Richard Pigot Beamish at the end of 1850's. He died unmarried on October 16 1888.The brown ink notations on the front free endpaper are in two different hands and are references to Nielli collections in Belgium and Germany. Edges a bit worn, spine worn, some damp staining to several leaves, some browning. Bookseller Inventory # 32718
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