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c1880 Bird Yard Long Print s Giacomelli Engraving Nest Eggs Chicks Antique
Bird Yard Long Print Giacomelli Antique Victorian
This wonderful c1880 yard long of bird studies is by the French artist Hector Giacomelli (see photograph as well as biography below). Giacomelli was a master at portraying birds in very sweet and endearing poses, and this piece has six of his most desirable print engravings.
Some were titled: Building of the Nest, Conjugal Love, The First Eggs, In God's Care. The baby birds are just precious, with sweet faces. Each bird and nest scene is superbly detailed, the inks unfaded and richly hued. Try as we might, this one was very hard to photograph in terms of color hues. The engravings are not a black and white, but rather an aged patina, leaning more to sepia tones, just absolutely beautiful. The faux suede mat is a medium chocolate coloring with texture that compliments the soft bodied birds perfectly. Please excuse any glass glare in the photos. The engravings are evenly toned with a lovely patina, and just incredibly beautiful.
The engravings are housed in a quarter-sawn oak frame with minial ray tiger oak detail. At each corner is a burnished brass embellishment with a flowers and scrolls in relief. The frame compliments the engravings perfectly. Overall size is 11.5 x 37 inches, a yard long that would be beautiful over a doorway, kitchen nook area, bed, and as a grand focal piece. Both prints and frame are in VG condition, ready to hang.
Hector Giacomelli biography:
Hector Giacomelli was born in Paris on April 1, 1822 and died in Menton on December 1, 1904. He was a French watercolorist, engraver and illustrator, best known for his paintings of birds.
His Italian father, a professor of singing, was first an engraver before becoming an industrial designer for the goldsmith of jewelry. When he was 30 years old, a serious illness forces him to go away from Paris. He then started to draw and paint plants, insects and birds around his new and spectacular house. Making lots of money in Paris, he developed a passion for the work of Auguste Raffet, which he published the catalog "racist" in 1862. He worked with Gustave Doré, for which he composed ornaments like "The Holy Bible according to the Vulgate", published in 1866. He contributed drawings to several newspapers, such as The World illustrated, The Store picturesque and Illustration. He also privately illustrated books that brought him wealthy bibliophiles. He was one of the organizers of the exposition of the century prints of 1887 and Section retrospective of Fine Arts, the Universal Paris Exposition of 1889.
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