FORTY, Jean François
Ouevres de Sculptures en Bronze, Contenant Girandoles, Flambeaux, Feux, Pendules, Bras, Cartels, Barometres, et Lustres
Paris: Chereau, [circa 1780]. 4to. (12 7/8 x 10 inches). Engraved title and 48 engraved plates, by C. Colinet and Augustin Foin.
Contemporary blue paper wrappers, housed in a blue cloth box with gilt morocco lettering piece.
Provenance: Eug. van Herck & Fils (early ink stamp)
Classic series of Louis XVI designs for candelabras, candlesticks, mantelpieces, chamber clocks, wall sconces, bracket clocks, barometers, and chandeliers.
Jean François Forty specialized in designs for works in metal. He made designs which could be produced by gold- and silversmiths in precious metals, but he also designed larger works to be executed in wrought iron work such as gates and balustrades for stairs and balconies.
Berlin 1082; Guilmard, p. 65; Lewine, p. 192; Cohen-Ricci p.410.