Jan Piotr Norblin (1745 – 1830)

Jan Piotr Norblin. Przedający obrazy

Zbiór 24 sztychów wykonanych przez Norbilina w Rzeczypospoleitej pod koniec XVIII wieku. Odbitki powstały juz we Francji w 1817 roku i sa ręcznie kolorowane. Rarytas. Każdy ze sztychów ma polski tytuł. Dwie sposród tych plansz przedstawiam.

PS. Plansza powyżej to chyba, z przymróżeniem oka, pierwowzór polskiego domu aukcyjnego (Przedający obrazy)

Jan Piotr Norblin. Chlop na saniach

Lot 255. Poland – NORBLIN (Jean Pierre). Collection des costumes polonaisZbior Rozmaitych Stroiow Polskich] [Paris], [Bance], [1817].
Rare set of 24 engravings extracted from the Collection des costumes polonais, a very rare suite engraved in aquatint by Philibert Louis DEBUCOURT (1755-1832), based on a series of drawings by Jean-Pierre NORBLIN DE LA GOURDAINE (1745-1830) executed some thirty years earlier in Poland. The engravings are all watercoloured and measure approximately 37 x 28 cm at all margins, except for two of them, engraved before the letter, in black or two tones (black and blue) and slightly smaller in size (34.5 x 25 cm).
List of plates: Jewish Chartier (without mention of the author or engraver, 3 small holes in the lower margin.) – Ukrainian Cossack – Lithuanian peasant woman – Jewish barber (freckles at the end of the left margin) – Onion merchant (marginal freckles) – Woman making oatmeal (2 small stitches) – Charcoal maker – Peasant on a sled returning from the market – Peasant selling wood (small freckles) – Jew returning from the synagogue – Sieve merchant (tiny freckles) – Samogitian peasant woman – Marshal Charon – Krakow maid – Krakow unmarried peasant woman – Jewish street vendor – Lithuanian peasant – Potting soil merchant – Ukrainian Cossack [different] – Picture merchant – Krakow farm handmaid – Krakow peasant – [Night watchmen], in black, before the letter (marginal freckles) – untitled [beggars in front of a church], in two tones (black and blue), before the letter (small freckles).
Except for the few small defects mentioned above, very good general condition.
The complete series contains a bilingual title and 49 plates (Vinet shows only 37 plates and Lipperheide 43 plates).
“These plates exist before the letter. This suite is very rarely complete; the plates were engraved by Debucourt after Norblin’s drawings and served, says Vinet, as models for almost all the foreign artists who dealt with the same subject”. Colas.
“There are, indeed, many sources for the history of costume, but of very unequal value. (…) We have at our disposal iconographic materials, which were particularly rich in the Age of Enlightenment. Thus the paintings of French painters like Jean-Paul Norblin, or Italian painters like Canaletto and Bacciarelli, who worked in Poland. (…) Jean-Paul Norblin is the author of paintings depicting the people of Warsaw in the streets and during the scenes of Kosciuszko’s uprising in 1794. The political drama of the partition of Poland in 1795 aroused a keen interest in some intellectual circles in the national past. (…) Several collections of engravings have gathered considerable documentation. In 1817, the ‘Collection of Polish Costumes’, a series of Norblin’s drawings executed some thirty years earlier, was published in Warsaw under a French title. The series included costumes of the nobility, the bourgeoisie and the peasants; the drawings were engraved on copper by Debucourt in Paris. This publication, and several others that appeared in the first half of the 19th century, had a very specific purpose: to interest public opinion in Europe, especially in France, in Poland’s past and, as a result, in its political fate.” Irène Turnau, Pour une histoire du costume, A Varsovie au XVIIIe siècle: les costumes bourgeois, in Annales, 15e année, n°6, 1960, 1127-1137.
Rare with so many plates for this sought-after series (Colas 2210; Fenaille, catalogue of Debucourt’s engraved work 425 to 474; Lipperheide 1390; Vinet 2309; Hiler 662).

Estimate 1,500 – 2,000 euro. Millon. 11/27/20

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