Rare Vintage French Engravings
11”l x 14”h each
This stunning set of five vintage French compositions are a study in letters and fonts. These engravings could easily hold an entire wall if framed.
The pieces are designed by Victor Calliat, Architect (1801-1881 born/died Paris). He was the architect of the 3rd and 5th arrondissement courthouses (Maries) of Paris and also the huge Prefecture of Police on the Ile de la Cité.
Calliat had these alphabets especially made for August Grim who was a publisher and had a shop that sold “papeterie” or paper goods and engravings in the Blvd. St. Martin in Paris. The shop was open from 1858 - 1866.
Calliat was also known for his architectural engravings of Paris monuments (interiors and exteriors and decorative objects within) including the Hotel de Ville (Paris City Hall) the church St. Eustache located in central Paris at Les Halles.
One drawing is a little wider than the others. A few stains and folds, but these pieces are in incredible condition considering their age!