Fair highlight from Librairie Ancienne INDOSIAM
AN ALBUM OF TWENTY PRINTS OF PALACES, PAVILIONS AND GARDENS CREATED BY GIUSEPPE CASTIGLIONE IN THE IMPERIAL GROUND AT YUANMING YUAN AT THE SUMMER PALACE BEIJING
AFTER GIUSEPPE CASTIGLIONE.
Paris, Jardin de Flore, 1977. (only 275 copies)
The album contains a complete set of twenty prints depicting views of the Summer Palace in Beijing, Yuan ming yuan, together with two title sheets in English and French; a sheet of introduction, with notes, bibliography and titles for the twenty prints. The views represent, in order, South facade of the Palace of the Delights of Harmony; North facade of the Palace of the Delights of Harmony; East facade of the water pavilion containing the hydraulic machine called the machine of St Peter; Gateway leading north to the Garden of the water pavilion; View of the Labyrinth; Aviary, west facade; Aviary, east facade; Belvedere; Bamboo Pavilion; Palace of the Calm Sea, north facade; Palace of the Calm Sea, east facade; Palace of the Calm Sea, south facade; Palace of the Immense Ocean; Waterworks; Throne of Qianlong, opposite the waterworks; Gateway to the terrace of the artificial hill; Temple of the artificial hill; Gateway to the artificial hill; View of the east bank of the lake.
Each print measures 23 ¾ x 37 ½ in. (60.5 x 95 cm.). Loose as published in original publisher's gilt decorated blue cloth portfolio. Perfect condition. Price on request.
These extraordinarily fine impressions were made after etchings created between 1783 and 1786, and portray the edifices, gardens and palace grounds constructed from 1737 to 1766 for the Qianlong emperor and painted by the Jesuit missionary Guiseppe Castiglione, known as Lang Shi Ning.