Topographical Hand Coloured Engraving 17th Century Paris

Here’s an interesting thing; I bought this yesterday I think initially because it was offered as something I would know about. Susceptible to this kind of flattery I affected some knowledge and I feel it was more hunch than erudition that tipped me into buying it. If I had REALLY known anything about old printsĀ I would have known the name of Melchior Tavernier. Anyway I figured that it would, re-framed, make an interesting decorative print and would look pretty nifty on one of Umsinga’s many walls.
However not content to leave it at that I embarked on a little light research and the urging of my instinct may have paid off. It is what it appears to be; 17th century, original, and rare. Add to the mix a very attractive subject it could be a seller. And if I want to improve the potential for agood sale it must remain ‘as found’; no re-mounting, or re-framing, selling ‘as seen’.
A little more research, perhaps through auction records will help work out a selling strategy.

Paul Williams

This is the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am an English and Philosphy graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, and living in Llandewi Brefi, had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I've trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web designer and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one. Apart from my family, my interests include books, maps, Nikon, Yashica and Mamiya film cameras, British Culture 1935 - 1965, Poole pottery, Welsh textiles, and Poster art. My favourite movies include anything by Pressburger and Powell favourite music includes Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and anything form San Francisco 1965-1970. I am a late convert to 'Kraut Rock'.

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2 Responses

  1. Ian says:

    The link goes to the French Wikipedia is that intended? How much is it worth then?

    • I’m reading about ‘The Terror’, Julian Maclaren-Ross, and I have inadvertently assumed some of his hauteur; doesn’t everyone speak French?
      I have no idea of its worth; it’s about a how to make the best of the gamble…

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