Here is a nice set of 18th century French engravings showing Hot Air Balloons for your buying consideration. Would make a great gift for a special occasion, or keep it for yourself!
These antique engravings of hot air balloons most likely came out of a book. You can see writing on the reverse side of the images. Still trying to determine the publication these beautiful engravings came from. The engravings show different types of hot air balloons. with their colorful and very different detailed balloons. One of the engravings actually shows a balloon with propellers mounted down on the basket.
The one engraving shows a balloon being inflated in a military encampment. Second one is a balloon being inflated, some of the engraver's name can be seen. Third engraving is a Giffard Aerostat Ballon circa 1852.
We do no see any foxing or brown spotting going on within the engravings. No watermarks, tears, or repairs with exception of balloon inflating one having a tear outside of the colored section of the engraving in the bottom left. On very old paper when examine under a loupe. Very pristine condition to these engravings for being around 150 plus years old.
Beautiful wood frames here. The wood frame has a gold finish on it. The glass is intact, no cracking or blistering. There is a white, gold and blue colored matting around the engraving. The paper backing is intact on the back of the frame and has the Washington Square Gallery tag on it from Philadelphia, PA. The hanging wire is on the frames and the piece is sealed up from the back.
The largest of the Framed Hot Air Balloon Engravings is 10.5" tall (7-15/16" smallest), by 12-7/8" (10.25" smallest) across, by 15/16" wide. The Engraving showing thru the frame is 5" tall (4.5" smallest), by 7-5/8" (6-7/16" smallest) across. Let us know if you have any questions or need additional pictures. Don’t be shy to make an offer, we are always open to reasonable suggestions.
The pictures provided both complement and supplement the listing description, so please look at them very closely as well. With old items, there is no way one can capture all the little imperfections in words, so the two media are meant to be the full description.
Make sure that this item meets your needs and requirements before deciding to acquire it. The item can be returned, there is a 10% restocking fee to do so. So, please carefully review all the attached pictures, ask all the questions you have, come see in person or send a friend to see the item on your behalf, prior to deciding to acquire it.
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