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Saturday 6 April 2024

Paul Decker & Christoph Weigel, “No. 1” & “No. 2”, c.1680

(Upper Image) Paul Decker the Elder (1677–1713)

“Neu Inventirtes Laub Bandl und Groteschgen-Werk: Title Plate, No. 1”, c.1680 (pub.1680–1726) (see Lettered in plate: (within the cartouche at centre): “Neu/ Inventirtes/ LAUB BANDL/ und GROTESCH=/ GEN-WERK./ Johann Christoph/ Weigel, excudit.”; (lower centre) “No.96.” [publisher’s series number]; (lower right corner) “1”.

(Lower Image) Johann Christoph Weigel (aka Christoph Weigel the Younger) (1661–1726)

“Neu Inventirtes Laub Bandl und Groteschgen-Werk: No. 2”, c.1680 (see Numbered in plate: (lower right corner) “2”.


Two plates from a series of six designs for strapwork and grotesque ornament, “Neu Inventirtes Laub Bandl und Groteschgen-Werk”, published in Nuremberg between 1680 and 1726 by Johann Christoph Weigel (1654–1725).

Engravings on laid paper, trimmed with narrow margins around the platemark and backed with separate support sheets of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

Size: (sheets) 12.5/12.9 x 22.8 cm; (platemarks) 12.2/12.5 x 22.5 cm; (image borderlines) 11.2/11.5 x 21.4/21.5 cm.

(Berlin II) Berlin Staatlich Museen., Katalog der Ornamentstich-Sammlung der Staatlichen Kunstbibliothek Berlin, Berlin and Leipzig, 1936-39, 87.4 (V&A bibliographic reference).

See also the description offered by the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Condition: Both engravings are strong impressions showing no sign of wear to the printing plate. Plate 2 has minor marks/stains, otherwise, both sheets are in a very good condition with no tears, holes, folds or significant stains.

I am selling this pair of rare engravings of grotesque and strapwork ornament also featuring in the title plate personifications of astronomy (the figure at left holding the globe) and art (the figure at right holding paintbrushes, a palette and dividers), for AU$282 in total for both prints (currently US$185.58/EUR171.17/GBP146.85 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 marvellous pair of finely executed engravings from the late 1600s, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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