Etched and published by Benigno Bossi (Italian, 1727–1792)
Dedicated to Marquis de Felino (Italian)
Overall: 17 5/16 x 11 7/8 x 13/16 in. (43.9 x 30.1 x 2 cm)
plate: 6 3/4 x 8 7/8 in. (17.2 x 22.5 cm)
Books, Ornament & Architecture
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1940
Not on view
Book with three sets of plates bound together on red Morocco binding with dark red spine: 'Masquerade à la Grecque', 'Suite des Vases', and 'Cheminées'. The first set, 'Masquerade à la Grecque', dated 1771, consists of 12 plates: the 'avis' (or notes to the reader), one plate of introduction, a title page, and 9 plates numbered 1-10. The second set, 'Suite des Vases', dated 1764, consists of 33 plates: two title pages, a dedication page, and plates numbered 1-31. The last set, untitled, consists of two unnumbered plates of 'Cheminées'.
The designs featured in this album have ingenuous shapes with figurative motifs that make up their shapes. In 'Masquerade à la Grecque', elaborate costume designs are made up of creative headdresses and matching garments, decorated with garlands of flowers and leaves, ropes, acanthus leaves, and ornamental patterns often associated with Greek and Roman Antiquity. The 'Suite des Vases' contains a variety of designs for vases of different shapes, some also featuring design motifs inspired on classical times, while others feature simpler figures, with curves and scrolls.
Marking: First plate has an embossed stamp that reads: Lib. Lloyd & Whitney Warren, New York
Lloyd and Whitney WarrenSale #28, 5/1/40, Parke Bernet
Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture. "Vasemania: Neoclassical Form and Ornament in Europe," July 22, 2004–October 17, 2004.
SKB 475, 1081, 3821; Guilmard 225.27e, b, g; Vaudoyer, "Les Figures à la Grecque," in Art et Decoration. Nlle Serie. No.2, pp. 186-190; Calabi, "Caricatures de Costume Cerec Bossi," p.61
Mary L. Myers French Architectural and Ornament Drawings of the Eighteenth Century. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1991, cat. no. 92, pp. 166-167, ill.
Artist: Ennemond Alexandre Petitot (French, Lyons 1727–1801 Parma)Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over black chalk underdrawing (recto); pen and brown ink (verso)Accession: 1977.644On view in:Not on view