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Design for an Altar, Plate 1 from an Untitled Series of Designs for Altars

Ornament print with a design for an altar in frontal elevation. The base of the altar is left undecorated, safe for a small rocaille ornament in the right variant. The top of the altar is heavily decorated with rocaille ornaments and candelabras and characterized by a bust on a pedestal depicted in the central opening or niche. This print is bound in an album containing 27 series with a total of 122 ornament prints from the fund of the prominent Augsburg publisher Martin Engelbrecht.

Credit: Purchase, Daniel Ergmann Gift, 2014...

Printed c. 1750-56
21.5 x 35.0cm
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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