I have seen these mysterious designs called
before and often wondered about their origins.
According to Wikipedia --
"A star fort, or trace italienne, is a fortification in a style that evolved during the age of gunpowder when the cannon came to dominate the battlefield. It was first seen in the mid-15th century in Italy"
Many artists like Michaelangelo refined the style of drawing, planning and sketching.
this six piece collection called
Fortifications, circa 1720-1820
is available for sale
this weekend in New York City
I just love these rare pen, ink and watercolor architectural drawings created from the 18th and 19th centuries. This six piece collection was hand picked from England, France and Switzerland and collected over a 15 year period by my friend antique dealer, collector and shop owner Andrew Spindler. Originally created by students at royal military academies as part of their training on proper defense and the design of fortifications, they are a beautiful medley of designs that at first glance look similar to landscape plans for an elaborate French garden. Instead, some are actual built fortifications, such as Vauban de Montlouis in the eastern French Purenees. Others in the collection are conceptual, architectural exercises in military defense. These are a spectacular documentation of historic European architecture, military and design. Although these fine renderings are historic, they hold an abstract and contemporary feel as well which allows them to work in a variety of settings.
Andrew Spindler is showcasing his collection along with a treasure trove of other wares from his shop Spindler Antiques in Essex, Massachusetts this weekend in New York City at the new antique fair
Wallace Hall, at St. Ignatius Church
980 Park Avenue on 84th Street
Please look for Andrew in booth No. 17,
and tell him we say hello!