Rest in Frontispeace

Sometimes 18th-19th century sales catalogues have a little dedicatory frontispiece for the (dead) person who has left the collection. They are not always very respectful. For instance, my favourite:

cabinet de m gaignet2

involves a nonchalant angel gliding by triumphantly with a single boob hanging out (single boob exposure is, incidentally, a bit of a thing in the 18th Century). The little trumpet gives the impression of a nice fanfare too. “TA-DA! CABINET DU DÉCÈS!”

Presumably the development of said engraving went something like this:



That said, there are some emotional ones too, and I think if I died leaving my magnifique et curious collection de pokemon cards, I would go for something like this:




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