A FORMAL WATER GARDEN WITH TERRACES, WATER PARTERRES AND PARADING FIGURES, German School

A FORMAL WATER GARDEN WITH TERRACES, WATER PARTERRES AND PARADING FIGURES, German School

1730 Germany

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This rare document of a Baltic or North German garden depicts elegantly clad figures parading in a water garden surrounded by fashionable and vernacular buildings on the conventional manner of small estates that is still prevalent today. This is a comparatively modest layout, but the ownership may be deceptive, as even the richest of the princely families liked to retire and enjoy the countryside in an informal manner after the formalities and festivities of urban life.

The waterbeds seen here are most likely fish ponds full of carp for the owners delight and the terraces and brick grotto indicate the simple pleasures enjoyed by the owner and his family. There is a clear line of pride in the depiction of gardens from the time of the Pharaohs to all civilized periods in our history. The great delineators of Britain such as Kyp and Thoresby spring to mind as one sees the oddities of perspective and location, for such pictures were not only records, but amusing fantasies in as much as they envisage a scene from a bird's-eye view and the viewer must remind himself that with the exception of the aid of hills or man-made towers the artist could not see from this perspective.
Tristram Jellenek, London; Private Collection, London
Dimensions
Height 216.00 mm (8.50 inches)
Width 305.00 mm (12.01 inches)
Medium
Gouache
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