Vue Perspective de la Salle du Bal, Construite dans la Cour de l'Hotel de Ville, 1745. FRANCE - 18th Century, Charles-Nicolas Cochin the Elder.

Vue Perspective de la Salle du Bal, Construite dans la Cour de l'Hotel de Ville, 1745

[Paris]: [Blondel et Veuve Cherau], [1751].

Very large hand-colored engraving by Cochin the Elder after Charles Nicolas Cochin the Younger (1715-1790). 484 x 758 mm. + margins. On laid paper.

Slightly worn and browned; minor edge tears with slight loss to margins; central vertical crease; some staining and early paper repairs to verso.

A rare print documenting the festivities that took place in celebration of the wedding of the Louis (1729-1765), Dauphin of France (son of Louis XV) to the Infanta Maria Theresa of Spain (1726-1746) at Versailles on 23-26 February 1745. The scene depicts a large orchestra of string, woodwind, and percussion players performing on a raised central dias with over 100 dancers, revelers, and observers in fancy dress in groups in front of and to the sides. The large, ornate hall is decorated with a multitude of flowers, fabric wall hangings, etc., and illuminated by over 100 candelabras, with its roof open to the night sky.

One of ten plates from the festival book entitled "Fêtes publiques données par la Ville de Paris à l'occasion de mariage de Monseigneur le Dauphin les 23 et 26 février 1745" published in Paris in 1745.

"Public buildings throughout the city were illuminated, and banquets, masked balls, dances, and musical performances were held. The plates illustrate the specially erected "salles" in which visiting guests could sit and view the spectacles, as well as scenes from the balls and banquets, and depictions of the illuminations. Of particular note are the fine plates illustrating night scenes, which prove to be an interesting study in the use of light and shade." From Splendid Ceremonies: The Paul and Marianne Gourary Collection of Illustrated Fête Books, Christie's auction catalogue 12 June 2009 lot 365, p. 195.

Item #38312

Price: $4,500.00  other currencies