antique prints, maps and watercolors

Jean Charles Krafft. (Grand Estate Plan) Plan des plus Beaux Jardins... Paris: Levault, 1809. $175.00

Pl. 75-76 (Grand Estate with ponds and streams)

Jean Charles Krafft (1764-1833) was a German born architect and draftsman born in Germany who emigrated to France where is authored several works on architecture and design. The translation of the full title of this work reveals its focus. It is Plans of the most beautiful Picturesque Gardens in France, England and Germany and of the Edifices, Monuments, Fabrics, etc. which contribute to their Embellishment, of every kind of architecture, such as Chinese, Egyptian, English, Arabian, Moorish, etc. … His intended audience was gentlemen who owned estates and wanted some ideas for their landscaping and hard scaping.

This intricately detailed print provides a bird’s eye view of a property including buildings, paths, creeks and lakes.

12 3/4 x 17 inches, sheet.
Hand colored engraving.