The Macclesfield Album of Androuet du Cerceau’s furniture designs
Designs for furnishing, including cupboards and sideboards, tables, chairs, beds, pedestals for busts, caryatid and terminal figures, doorways, and a chimneypiece, cartouches and fleurons, seventy-three etchings altogether
[Orléans? and Paris], c. 1545-1565
An extraordinary album of etched furniture designs by Jacques Androuet du Cerceau, containing most of his known prints of this type, together with one unrecorded print, gathered and bound circa 1580. Until recently the album reposed in the extensive library formed in the 17th and 18th centuries by the Earls of Macclesfield at Shirburn Castle, Oxfordshire, unknown and unrecorded. Its recovery brings vital evidence to the study of the states and issue dates of Androuet du Cerceau's prints for furniture.