CHARMETON, GEORGES. 1623-1674.
Desseins de Plafonds, inventés par le sieur Charmeton. WITH: Ornemens dessinés par G. Charmeton et gravés par Robert. Divers ornemens pour servir à toutes sortes d'artisans, par les mêmes. Ornemens de Charmeton, gravés par Audran. Plusieurs suites d'ornemens, comme panneux ou montans... 5 further suites. Paris: Girard Audran, .
13 suites bound in one volume. Oblong broadsheet folio (385 x 510 mm). Engraved throughout by Robert and Audran after Charmeton in suites mostly of 6 plates each, often with multiple plates on one sheet; in total 113 plates on 50 sheets. Period calf. A third of the sheets with toning, rebacked preserving original spine.
Provenance: A. Coyzevox [1640-1720], sculptor who was commissioned by Louis XIV to produce works for Versailles and the Château de Marly (supralibros); sold at Maison Silvestre, Paris, May 5, 1859, lot 163; with Librairie Fl. Tulkens, Brussels, 1992 (ticket on front pastedown).
FIRST EDITION of this impressive book, from the library of a sculptor to Louis XIV. Trained in Lyon by Jacques Stella, and elected to the Académie Royale de Peinture et Sculpture, Charmeton went on to design bedroom furniture for Queen Maria Theresa in 1668 (for which he received four hundred livres).
Charmeton's ornament designs were published in more than a dozen separate suites, before the engraver-publisher Audran decided to reissue them together as a kind of catalogue raisonné. The artist's designs for ceilings are particularly striking, with their foreshortened perspective giving the impression that we, the viewers, are peering up into the eaves.
The present copy collates exactly per that inspected by Guilmard. No copy this complete has been traced in the auction records. Berlin Katalog 325 and 4011; Guilmard p 67.