C1742

[Spondylus complanatus]

Fabulous c.18th engraving of shells from a watercolour by Giuseppe Menabuoni (1708-1745) and engraved by Antonio Pazzi (1701-1776). From Niccolo Gualtieri’s, Index Testarum Conchyliorum. Collections: Museums Victoria Collections: ark:/13960/s2q8k75p5wj Library of Congress Washington D.C.: LC control no. nr 00015211 Bibliotheque Nationale … Read Full Description

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S/N: GITCON-101-SHELLS–457703
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Full Title:

[Spondylus complanatus]

Date:

C1742

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

230mm 
x 360mm

Paper Size: 

295mm 
x 425mm
AUTHENTICITY
[Spondylus complanatus] - Antique Print from 1742

Genuine antique
dated:

1742

Description:

Fabulous c.18th engraving of shells from a watercolour by Giuseppe Menabuoni (1708-1745) and engraved by Antonio Pazzi (1701-1776).

From Niccolo Gualtieri’s, Index Testarum Conchyliorum.

Collections:
Museums Victoria Collections: ark:/13960/s2q8k75p5wj
Library of Congress Washington D.C.: LC control no. nr 00015211
Bibliotheque Nationale de France: ark:/12148/cb30548600n

Niccolo Gualtieri (1688 - 1744)

Italian doctor and malacologist who established a fabulous private natural history collection, and catalogued its contents, the best known being of the molluscs. Gualtieri was born in Florence and moved to Pisa at the age of 20, where he studied philosophy and medicine under Giuseppe Zambeccari (1665–1728). He returned to Florence to practice medicine, while also becoming personal physician to Grand Princess Violante di Baviera. He later became physician to the Grand Duke of Tuscany. He had a wide range of interests and participated in learned societies, founding the Societa Botanica Florentina along with other associates. He wrote a pamphlet in 1725 suggesting that perennial springs were fed by sea waters through underground channels. He received enough criticism that the Princess Violante forbade him to write on the topic. Gualtieri became a professor at the University of Pisa. He was amongst the first to depict the argonaut. His collections were acquired by Stefano Lorena and are now deposited at the Museo storia naturale di Pisa.

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