Extremely rare genuine 1799 Circa Napoleon plate OF PORTICO THE TEMPLE OF DENDERA This extremely rare genuine copper plate 1799 Circa made while Napoleon Bonaparte was on a scientific mission to Egypt, (with 150 scientists on board L'Orient and is believed to be the only one in existence) in addition to soldiers and sailors, Napoleon brought along 150 savants — scientists, engineers and scholars whose responsibility was to capture, not Egyptian soil, but Egyptian culture and history. And while the military invasion was an ultimate failure, the scholarly one was successful beyond anyone’s expectations. Meticulous topographical surveys were made, native animals and plants were studied, minerals were collected and classified, local trades and industry were scrutinized. Most famously, ancient Egypt was discovered — the temples and tombs of Luxor, Philae, Dendera, and the Valley of the Kings. Each of these sites was measured, mapped, and drawn, recording in meticulous detail a pharaonic Egypt never before glimpsed by the outside world. But how was the outside world to see what the scientists had discovered? Fortunately, the savants decided, before they had been in Egypt for even six months, that their discoveries had to be published, and they collected and sketched with that aim in mind. After their return to France in 1801, they continued to organize materials, and finally, in 1809, the first volumes of the Description de l'Égypte were published. Over the years, concluding in 1828, a total of 23 volumes would appear. Three of these were the largest books that had ever been printed, standing over 43 inches tall. The total set contained 837 engravings, many of them of unprecedented size, which captured Egyptian culture from every possible vantage point. The most impressive were surely the volumes of antiquities, spilling over with obelisks, colossi, temples, sphinxes, and all manner of artefacts. But the volumes on natural history were also impressive, with their crocodiles, asps, lotuses, and palms. Never before had a single country inspired such a monumental encyclopaedia of such depth and splendour. This copper plate of the PORTICO OF THE TEMPLE OF DENDERA is believed to be the only one in existence. The plate measures 43cm x 28.5cm (approx) and is in excellent condition for its age there is some slight discolouration as you would expect due to its age and there as I slight deration on the top part of the roof of the plate, this again is quite normal for copper plates of this age. CONDITION REPORT Overall in Excellent condition. All of the colours and shades appear original, intact and with some slight discolouration. Some of the colours show minor surface irregularities which are inherent to the natural qualities of the plate, and with a few sporadic internal hairlines (all stable) which also appear inherent on the plate. This rare Plate is in remarkable original condition. The vibrant colours that show glorious workmanship of this plate is in excellent condition, showing no cracks or significant condition issues (other than what’s been mentioned). The painted copper is very slight light surface wear and minor surface soiling to the roof areas of the design. (on the roof only very small indeed) This is superb example of this exceedingly rare plate. The plate is absolutely dazzling when experienced in person, showing great tactility and radiance. The execution is exquisite and the proportions and scale quite refined. In response to any inquiry, since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF THIS SALE, THIS SALE IS OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS SEEN" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF THIS SALE. Terms and conditions of sale To purchases this item please note the following. 1, Please note that to buy this item you must have a least a 25 positive feedback. 2, If you are the lucky person who gets this item then once funds have been cleared then the item will be sent to you. 3, Due to the type of item you will need provide and insurance document of proof of value for transport purposes. 4, If you are an auction house or other bonaifieded company that maybe interested in this item then please contact me to discuss matters further. Shipping charges are additional. 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