Saverio Manetti Hand Coloured Bird Engraving
Saverio Manetti Hand Coloured Bird Engraving
Saverio Manetti Hand Coloured Bird Engraving
Saverio Manetti Hand Coloured Bird Engraving
Saverio Manetti Hand Coloured Bird Engraving
Saverio Manetti Hand Coloured Bird Engraving
Saverio Manetti Hand Coloured Bird Engraving

Saverio Manetti Hand Coloured Bird Engraving

$235.00

A wonderful antique circa 1767-1776 rare hand coloured engraving by Saverio Manetti from his folio of five published volumes. It was one of the most remarkable publishing ventures ever undertaken in Florence. Beautifully animated, Manetti drew his work predominantly from real specimens. Each bird engraving shows remarkable personality & detail, many of the birds often taking on an almost human personality type. They are much coveted today for their colours, personality and utter appeal. One of two by this artist I currently have available, the other up shortly.

Lovely old frame with some wear to it's beading. Some foxing on the etching. Measures 18.5" x 14." 

*A bit more history. "From Saverio Manetti's work 'A Natural History of Birds.' The prints were drawn & etched by Violante Vanni & Lorenzo Lorenzi with text penned by Saverio Manetti. The work was published in Florence, Italy between 1767-1776. 'Storia naturale degli Uccelli was 'larger, better engraved & more vividly coloured than any previous book on birds', notable for its lively posturing of the specimens which seem to reflect 'the habits and mannerisms of contemporary Italian society.' The production of its five massive folio volumes must have been one of the most remarkable publishing ventures ever undertaken in Florence. It is "one of the half-dozen or so Great Bird Books in the collector's sense." Many of the birds often taking on an almost human personality type. Strutting, parading, posturing, and occasionally flying are birds whose real-life counterparts would surely disown them & not without reason, for Manetti seems in these pictures to be depicting the human comedy, the habits and mannerisms of contemporary Italian society. The attitudes of the birds themselves give this book its unique character. Manetti drew his work predominantly from real specimens. The work was one of the largest ornithology undertakings to that point in time.