C1758

Capsa quinta and sexta.

One of the most desirable images comprising of ornaments and a face made from mollusc shells, from the most prized and sumptuous of all natural history series ever produced. From Albertus Seba’s, “Thesauri or Cabinet of Natural Curiosities” illustrated his … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Capsa quinta and sexta.

Date:

C1758

Condition:

One small rust spot in margin, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

542mm 
x 417mm
AUTHENTICITY
Capsa quinta and sexta. - Antique Print from 1758

Genuine antique
dated:

1758

Description:

One of the most desirable images comprising of ornaments and a face made from mollusc shells, from the most prized and sumptuous of all natural history series ever produced.
From Albertus Seba’s, “Thesauri or Cabinet of Natural Curiosities” illustrated his amazing collection of animals, plants and insects from around the world.

Albertus Seba (1665 - 1736)

Born in Etzel, Seba moved to Amsterdam as an apprentice and in about 1700, opened a pharmacy. Seba commissioned sailors and ship surgeons to collect exotic plants and animals for the use in preparing drugs and also began his natural hisory collection. From 1711 he supplied drugs to the Russian court and promoted his collection with the head-physician to Peter the Great, Robert Erskine (1674–1719). In early 1716 Peter the Great bought the complete collection. However, in the following years, Seba developed another collection. With Seba as an intermediate, Frederik Ruysch, a well-known Amsterdam physician and anatomist, also sold his collection to the tsar. Both collections formed the core of the Kunstkammer, the first Russian public museum founded by Peter the Great in 1712. In 1728 Seba had become a Fellow of the Royal Society and in 1734, his famous work,A Cabinet of Natural Curiositieswas published.

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