RARE HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE 1790 H.C HAND COLORED ANTIQUE Copper engraving created on handmade paper by Bertuch 1790, Over 230 years old. Ancient masks For tragedy performances, for comedies & bacchic masks for satire.

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Copper engraving 1790-1810 by Bertuch.


Rare & Authentic
Detailed hand-colored (at the time)
Over 230 years old

We recently closed our gallery of rare antique books and prints, some framed, some not and all our artwork and antique prints will be listed here daily.

Not at copy

Measures: 17 1/2" X 15 1/2"

You are buying the nicely framed antique rare original chromolithograph seen on all the photos, framed in a delicately hand painted frame created to enhance the lithograph, signed by the artist, and triple matted professionally with top of the line acid free mats, one of them hand painted with minute golden motifs, French style, also to enhance the lithograph within. 



Copper engraving 1790-1810 by Bertuch.
Handmade paper and colored by hand.
Ancient Masks:
1,2,3 masks for tragedy performances
7 and 10 masks for comedies
4,5,6,and 10 bacchic masks for satirical and pastoral works.

(more than 230 years old).
Published in Vienne from the industries Comptoirs (1790-1810).

Measures: 9.9" x 7.8" inches
or 25,5 x 20 cm

This rare fascinating engraving came from one of the volumes of the Children’s Handbook from F. J. Bertuch’ s, entitled  “Bilderbuch für Kinder”, a large picture atlas for school & home published in Weimar, Germany. This is another Bilder Buche in the superb tradition of German children's books reminiscent of the Hanselmann & Schubert, a delightful window into a bygone era. As Bilder Books go, this one probably tops them all, as it was a massive work in 12 volumes, published from 1790 to 1810 with about 1187 prints of a wonderfully comprehensive & eclectic nature. The quality and color of the engravings found in this work are remarkable, as they are crisp, vibrant and highly detailed.

Each plate has the ORIGINAL hand coloring on strong paper, chain lined watermarked paper in the early years, wove later on. Here is one of the finest prints from these volumes.  Each print measures approximately 7 3/4 inches by 9 3/4 inches. Please review the photos carefully as they are very accurate. ALL our prints are original antiques, and are guaranteed to be the stated age. A copy of the title page and the original descriptive text accompanies each print. These prints are more than 200 years old. 

From a German children's book (similar to the Hanselmann & Schubert that have been such favorites). We seek these prints out in Europe, as they are a charming window into a bygone era. As Bilder Books go, this one probably tops them all, as it was a massive work in 12 volumes, published from 1790 to 1810 with about 1,187 prints of a wonderfully comprehensive & eclectic nature.

Bertuch was the son of a physician & he became an orphan early on. After studying first theology and then law in Jena, he later became a successful publisher in Weimar, Germany & the largest employer in the town. The work derives from some of the great figures of the times including Bloch, Jablonsky, Merian, Esper, Ellis and many more


This is reduced since we just closed our art gallery and are liquidating what is left.

The print is a very rare original!

This is a real bargain, and ready to go!

                                                                                                                                          It makes a great gift for collectors of rare prints.

We also carry loose original prints 300 years old or less in great condition such as: Albin, Audubon, Baron, Barraband, Bertuch, Brodtmann, Brown, Buffon, Cassel, Curtis, Cuvier, Donovan, Edwards, Fitch, Frisch, Grandville, Harrison, Walter Hood, Latham, Linden,Linnaeus, Loddiges, Martinet, McKenney, Morris, Munting, Redoute, Reinchenbachia, Schreber, Schubert, Selby, Shaw and Nodder, Van Geel, Warner, etc.... etc...

Again, we closed our art store of antique prints and custom frames as well as our store of rare artifacts from around the world and we will now sell them direct to the public here. We have 1000's of antique prints and it will take a while to do so, so if you are interested in prints from the names above or others since I did not have time to list them all, please contact us.