(COSTUME). BARENNE. ~ Les 12 Mois – Aquarelles. [France, n.d. mid-nineteenth century].
12 watercolour drawings, some heightened with gold and silver, captions in pencil. Each mounted on original paper guards at inner margins, light marginal browning and occasional spotting. Contemporary red quarter morocco, upper cover lettered ‘Barenne’. Slightly soiled, a few sheets separating from guards at foot, but all secure.
A delightful sequence of floral gowns, one for every month of the year, depicted in accomplished watercolour. The dress for each month includes seasonal flowers and fruit. The winter costumes represent ice and fire, with holly and ivy; in spring they are decked in leafy sprigs, buds and flowers; summer sees a predominance of grasses and meadow flowers, while autumn shows moths and grapes. The artist is presumably ‘Barenne’ as lettered on the upper cover, probably an accomplished amateur