Lot 6307: TARONE F., Lithograph view of The Temple of Olympius Zeus, Athens, Athens Royal Lithography n.d., [1837-1841], 33x23cm. First known lithograph view of antiquities of Athens, lithographed and printed in Athens.
05 November 2016
Thessaloniki, GreeceLive Auction
Description: ΝΑΟΣ ΤΟΥ ΟΛΥΜΠΙΟΥ ΔΙΟΣ / Λιθογρ. Υπό Φ. Ταρόνι / Β. Λιθογραφείον / Τυπ. Υπό Δ: Σταουδενμαιερ 1837-1841. TARONE F., Lithograph view of The Temple of Olympius Zeus, Athens, Athens Royal Lithography n.d., [1837-1841], 33x23cm. First known lithograph view of antiquities of Athens, lithographed and printed in Athens. View of the temple of Zeus with Athens on background, probably drawn from Arditos hill. Some new buildings are depicted, but surprisingly the Royal Palace, (that should dominate the landscape since 1839/1840) is not presented. The place of the Royal gardens is depicted as empty space. The Royal Lithography has been established in Athens in 1835. In 1837 it was equipped and started operations under the direction of Andreas Forster (German). Taroni (Italian engraver) and Staudenmayer (Bavarian) were prob. members of his team. One of the first projects of the Royal Lithography was the Aldenhoven map of Greece, printed in 1838. Royal Lithography presents a very short history as its decline started ~1842 when Foster left the direction, while in 1854 a fire completely destroyed the building and the stored paper material. Possibly these lithographs views were printed to be given as gifts by the Royal government. Two of these lithogr. motifs have survived, this one of Athens and one view of Piraeus. Although undated, the current print has been pasted on a period thick carton where the date “1842” has been handwritten. The print run was certainly very small, and taking into account its separate printing and the short history of the Royal Lithography, it is not surprise that no Greek Public Library holds anyone of those lithographs. EXTREMELY RARE