Lot n° 126
800 - 1000
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The first flight of the hot-air balloon,... - Lot 126 - Coutau-Bégarie
The first flight of the hot-air balloon, circa 1783-1785
Rare folded fan, the silk sheet painted with gouache of five cartels showing the aerostatic experiments in France at the end of the 18th century. In the center, the first hot air balloon takes off from the Folie Titon, a wallpaper factory in Réveillon, on October 19, 1783. The suspended basket with animals probably refers to the flight of the balloon from the Palace of Versailles. On the sides, Charles and Robert's balloon in the Tuileries, and the peasants frightened by the balloon falling in Gonesse in the vicinity of Paris. Two rare representations complete this composition, including an "Aerostatic figure in the form of Pegasus" by the Enslen brothers (1785), and a balloon with mobile wings and rudder in the style of Thibaut Delisle's project (1784) proposed to the Montgolfier brothers.
Painted reverse of flowers.
Pierced, engraved and gilded ivory* mounting with vases and flowers alternating with profiles of columns.
In a showcase box on a metal base.
H.t. 27 cm H.f. 12,6 cm (important wear and accidents)
Provenance: Christie's, London, 26/09/1995, lot 183.
NB: fans with a hot-air balloon are rare, the balloon of Charles and Robert being more frequently represented on fans
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