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Wednesday 8 June 2022

Niccolò Oraty’s engraving, “Herculaneum Frescoes: Twelve Fauns on Tightropes”, c1762

Niccolò Oraty (aka Nic. Oraty) (fl.1750– 1760)

“Herculaneum Frescoes: Twelve Fauns on Tightropes” (descriptive title only), c1762, after the intermediary design by Giovanni Elia Morghen (1721–1789) after fresco panels excavated in Herculaneum, published in Naples in 1762 by Regia Stamperia as plate 34 (Tavola XXXIV) on page 165 in “Le pitture antiche d'Ercolano e contorni incise con qualche spiegazione” (The ancient paintings of Herculaneum and engraved contours with some explanation), volume 3. offers an online view of this print and its context in the publication:

Engraving and etching on laid paper with full margins as published.

Size: (sheet) 32 x 47.5 cm; (plate) 25 x 36 cm; (outer image borderline) 24 x 33 cm.

Lettered in plate: (lower left) “Giov. Morg: Reg. dis. in Port:”; (lower centre above and below a double scale rule) “Palmo Napoletano/ Palmo Romano”; (lower right) “Nic. Oraty Reg. Port:/ (vertical) “Pag. 165.”

Note: the scale shown below the image with the terms “Palmo Napoletano” and “Palmo Romano” identify the different hand-palm sizes differentiating folk from Naples and Rome for proportional comparison with the painting. I understand that this was an early measurement system.

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression with generously wide margins in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this elegant engraving reproducing (with dual scale rules) a series of twelve fresco panels unearthed from the Mount Vesuvius destroyed ancient Roman city of Herculaneum, for AU$248 (currently US$178.61/EUR167.04/GBP142.16 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this engraving showing fauns balanced on festooned tightropes, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold 

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