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1784 Chodowiecki Cards Depicting the American Revolutionary War – 8 cards
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $480
Near-complete set of eight cards depicting the American Revolution produced by German painter and printmaker Daniel Chodowiecki in 1784. These cards are from a set of twelve, each depicting a famous scene from the American Revolution, that were drawn by Chodowiecki and engraved by Daniel Berger. The images were issued as individual cards and also featured as illustrations in Mathias C. Sprengel's Historisches Taschenbuch. Each numbered card features a beautifully engraved scene, with historical text (in German) printed below. The cards offered in this collection, with the scene description in parentheses, are #1 (Stamp Act Protest), #2 (Boston Tea Party), #7 (surrender of General Bourgoyne at Saratoga), #8 (Benjamin Franklin's reception by Louis XVI), #9 (arrival at Newport of French Army under Comte de Rochambeau), #10 (Major Andre taken into custody), #11 (Surrender of General Cornwallis), and #12 (British departure from Manhattan). All of the cards (2.5 x 4 inches), printed on thin paper stock, are lightly toned and display paper hinges affixed to the reverse from having once been mounted in an album. Card #1 has a tiny pencil notation along the front base and card #12 displays a tiny edge tear along the left border, otherwise all are in Excellent condition overall. This is a rare collection of cards and the first examples we have ever offered. Total: 8 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $480
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