Gemmes et camées

Antonio Francesco GORIDactyliotheca Smithiana.

Venice, Ex Typographio J.-B. Pasquali, 1767.

2 volumes petits in-folio, reliure de l’époque, demi veau fauve et coins, plats de papier, dos lisses finement ornés et dorés, pièces de titre et tomaison, non rognés. Titre, dédicace au roi George III, beau frontispice gravé par P. A. Novelli, XIX-97 pp.; titre, 3 pp., CCXCVIII pp. Initiales ornées, entêtes et culs-de-lampe, 2 illustrations à pleine page (au tome II), 100 belles planches numérotées gravées par  G. B. Brustolon d’après les dessins d’A. M. Zanetti (deux d’après Novelli). Complet.

Première et unique édition [posthume] de ce bel ouvrage d’Antonio Francesco Gori (1697-1757), antiquaire florentin et prévot du baptistère San Giovanni. Le premier volume se compose du catalogue des gemmes et camées de la fameuse collection de Joseph Smith (c. 1682-1770), consul britannique à Venise de 1744 à 1760; le second présente un historique de la glyptique.

« Joseph Smith (1682-1770), patron of art, art collector and British consul in Venice. He made a wide reputation as a collector of books, manuscripts, pictures, coins, and gems. He patronised painters, and among his protégés were the Florentine Zuccarelli and the Venetian Zais. Horace Walpole sneered at him as « the merchant of Venice », who knew nothing of his books except their title-pages, but the censure seems undeserved » (DNB).

« The Florentine antiquary Gori not only carefully describes the gems but also includes a detailed history of gem engraving, and unusually a discussion of gem engravers. Gori discusses Consul Smith’s gems chiefly in terms of subject matter, rarely passing judgement about date or attribution. Most of the gems were 17th and 18th century work, though some were of an earlier date. The collection was acquired by King George III together with Consul Smith’s library and the majority of his paintings and drawings in 1762. Work on the publication was under way by 1753 and it was partly printed when Smith made his will in 1761. After the completion of the royal sale in 1762, it was only natural that the Dactyliotheca should appear, in 1767, with a dedication to the King. Of the gems shown in one hundred plates in that publication, 66 are identifiable in the Royal Collection » (A King’s Purchase, The Queen’s Gallery, 1993, p. 57).

Ex-libris armorié non identifié.

Bel exemplaire sur grand papier.

Réf. Brunet, II, 1671 / Cicognara, 2870 / Graesse, III, 120

Price : 3.750,00 euros

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