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Jun 062017
 
Bloch Fish Engravings Oceanside Home Decor

Elieser Bloch Fish Engravings 18th Century Home Decor:

Here are the beautiful Elieser Bloch Fish Engravings.  They will add a classic and modern feel to your home decor.  Published during the 18th Century, in Nuremburg, Germany from 1772-1778, these Elieser Bloch fish engravings are considered the finest of all fish prints ever produced. Hand Colored Copper Plate Engravings. These Fabulous Antique Prints are Elieser Bloch FISH Prints. These rare hand colored antique engravings were produced in Germany from 1772-1778. The fish prints Bloch produced are considered the finest work on the subject. These are hand colored copper plate engravings on hand made hand laid linen rag. The water coloring in the Ichthyology illustrations pictured here, is NO LESS THAN MAGNIFICENT! Each piece measures about 9 1/2 x 16″ Brightly water colored. Please inspect carefully, some have old folds. Click here to contact us.

Antique Elieser Bloch Fish Engravings:

 

The Evolution of Printing…

The history of antique printing methods of the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries is very interesting. My website consists of old prints, published in obsolete printing methods, that really do not exist today.  The entire subject revolves about how fast information could be published for readership. Readership in the old days revolved around money and new discoveries, especially in the area pertaining to natural history. If one could discover a new species of fish… Wow! That would boost the desire for information. It had a trickle down effect. Like today, in the OLD days, desire for information lead to wanting more and more information, almost a viscous cycle. Hence the production of publishing. First to publish religious material. Only the high priests could convey the printed messages. This lasted for a long time. Around 1800 or so, more people read. It was fashionable to be educated. Everyone could understand a beautiful illustration. They did not have to understand the words, but it encouraged understanding. Soon, the publications became subscriptions, everyone wanted them. Like today, everyone wants the latest devise. Initially periodical subscriptions were made to those who could afford it: royalty, clergy, noblemen, etc. Who could read? The answer is only the educated, super wealthy, religious, clergy, nobility, etc… Oftentimes on expeditions, specimens were collected and captured, many alive, many did not survive the journeys home, nor the conditions when relocated. Many journeys were three months at sea.  In the 18th and 19th Centuries museums of curiosities became the rage. Hoards of people would rush to museums to see exotic specimens brought home from expeditions of early explorers and naturalists. Royalty, Clergy financed explorations and hence the illustrations, publications that developed from trips. Often times young men, early scientists, aboard ships recorded the natural history sightings they saw along the way. They recorded every detail of the natural history specimens they came across. All of this absolutely fascinated the public. And so the history of illustration, depicting and describing what had been found, along these tremendous explorations was found. How fast the information moved forward can be seen through the history of printing. Exactly as the way things are moving forward these days, so did printing history. It started with very slow laborious hand drawn pages by scribes and monks onto velum, to copper plate engraving on hand made hand laid linen rag paper, and moved forward to faster and faster printing, from lithography, hand colored or not to printing in colors, chromolithography. All driven by readership subscriptions. It all ended about 1900. when photographic printing became the 20th century tool, to today, when everything is digital and untouchable on the internet.
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Aug 172016
 

Have you been looking for great home décor for the sports fisherman or the deep sea diver? You are in the right place! I want to help you with the BEST antique lithographs and hand colored engravings!

Ocean Lake Fish Denton Framed: Antique Lithographs

These antique ocean and lake fish chromolithographs are the work of Sherman Denton.  They were published in New York c.1900 and come from the  annual Reports of the New York Fish and Game Commission that were published on a periodic basis.  Offered at a special low price, they come from a collection of a Rhode Island fisherman, wanting to sell his life long collection.  There is some wear to the frames, so please inspect with care.

Bien Fish of Hawaii: Antique Chromolithographs

Ocean Fish of Hawaii!  These tropical fish prints are old chromolithographs published in 1903 by Julius Bien.   Each antique print measures  7 1/2  x  10 1/2″  The colors are vivid, excellent condition. Click here to contact us.

Denton Fish Chromolithographs, Framed Prints from c.1896-1906.

 

Ocean Fish Denton Fish Prints. American Chromolithographs from the Fish and Game Commission Reports

Ocean Fish!! Catch of the day… Here are old Denton Fish Prints from c.1900. These American chromo lithographs are 9 1/2 x 12″ These are beautiful old prints of ocean species of North American fish. Great for the kitchen and the den! Click here to contact us.

Merian, Old Fish Copper Plate Engravings on handmade rag.

Merian Fish Prints… these are VERY old prints of fish. These are early Mathias Merian fish prints from 1647, produced in Nuremberg. These are copper plate engravings on very very fine hand made hand laid rag paper. Each measure @10×16″ 125. each Click here to contact us.

Fish tropical ocean…Old tropical fish prints. Antique prints: Denton fish prints, old Bloch fish prints, Bien fish and Merian fish. Old antique engravings and lithographs, old prints of tropical fish including Bloch’s Fishwerks, the Fish of Hawaii and the Fish of Puerto Rico. These are fish tropical ocean varieties… The very old antique Bloch fish prints from the 1770’s have beautiful water color! The Bloch fish are considered the most beautiful fish prints ever produced. The Mathias Merian fish prints are very old. They were published by Merian in 1646 and stunning in their original state being black and white copper plate engravings on very fine hand made hand laid linen rag! If you snorkel or dive or just love the ocean, you will certainly love our antique tropical fish prints!

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