This engraving is from the “Chimie” section of vol. 3 of the Recueil de Planches, sur les sciences, les arts libéraux, et les arts méchaniques (Paris, 1763) of the Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers organized by Denis Diderot and other philosophes.
This is the fourteenth of the series of plates representing chemical apparatus. The figures run from 216 to 245. Many pertain to devices for molding and sifting substances, and many are of the sort used by the German metallurgist Johann Andreas Cramer.
“Pl. XIV” appears at the upper right. The “Goussier del.” signature at the bottom left refers to Jacques-Louis Goussier, the artist who drew more than 900 plates for the Encyclopédie. The “Desehrt fecit” signature at lower right refers to a French engraver of the period.
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overall: 15 3/4 in x 9 1/4 in; 40.005 cm x 23.495 cm
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France: Île-de-France, Paris
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Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
Science & Mathematics
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Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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