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Vintage Framed Prints of 19th Century Pisa and Venice Engravings a Pair


Pair of framed 20th century prints of Pisa and Venice by English painters Clarkson Stanfield (1793 – 1867) and Willian Brockedon (1787 – 1854) in ornate gold frames.  $9.99 flat rate shipping within contiguous United States only–details below.

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Our research took us to 1856 Glasgow, Scotland, where the book Italy: Classical, Historical, and Picturesque, Illustrated in a Series of Views, was published by Blackie and Son.  The 164-page English-text book was profusely illustrated throughout with “63 excellent full-page steel engraved views [of Italy], all printed on heavy paper with tissue guards.  Full leather binding, raised bands, gilt title lettering, gilt ruled compartments and covers, marbled end paper, all edges gilt.  A monumental work with splendid plates, all engraved to the highest technical level, well printed with nuanced range of darks and lights, all signed in the plates by various engravers” [from internet source].  The monochromatic views were drawn by different artists, and as the above text indicates, engraved by different engravers.  The original book measured 13.5″ x 10″.

The prints offered here are 20th-century color versions of two of the images, printed by Grafiche Tassotti, renowned printers in Bassano, Italy, and since 1957 successors to Remondini Printers which had been in business for over 200 years beginning in 1657.

1. Pisa, engraved by J. T. Willmore, A.E., features a river scene (probably on the Arno which flows east into Florence) with ancient buildings, a tower, a bridge and people going about their tasks along the water.  Inconspicuously in the very far distance we can see the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

2. Venice, engraved by T. Higham, features the Grand Canal, lots of activity by people and boats on the water and along the shore.  Part of Rialto Bridge can be seen in the distance on the left.

Both frames are made of carved wood with a gilt finish.  The tasteful mats are forest green with gold metal edging; the hanging wires are original and the dust covers are new.  Overall measurements are 13.5″ x 12″ x 1 1/8″ (thick), and the visible area of the prints measures 7 7/8″ x 6 3/8″.   Excellent preowned vintage condition; the Pisa frame has a scuff along the top edge that isn’t visible when hung and can be easily touched up if so desired.

SHIPPING: $9.99 flat rate shipping valid only for street addresses within contiguous United States; we cannot deliver to post office boxes.  For shipping to Alaska, Hawaii and elsewhere, please contact us with your location for a custom shipping quote.

A WORD ABOUT VINTAGE: Our inventory consists of vintage or antique items which are more than 20 years old, usually used or pre-owned, unless marked “new old stock.”  As such, there may be signs of wear and age, which we will disclose to the best of our ability.  Nevertheless, we encourage you to carefully read the description and view the photos, especially when purchasing a gift.  All items ship with tracking and insurance, and although we do not accept returns, we will offer a refund in case of breakage or damage during transit, upon receipt of sufficient proof. 

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