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Daniel Wilhelm Moller 1712 engraving by Kilian 1720s

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Lot 9166 Details

Description
Antique c.1720s Copper Engraving

Portrait of Daniel Wilhelm Moller (1642-1712), copper engraving, by Wolfgang Philipp Kilian, undated, 1720s, signed in plate "W.P. Kilian Chalcographus" [Latin for engraver]. Engraved inscription: "Daniel Wilhelmus Mollerus. / Posoniensis Hungarus / Comes Palat. Caes. Methphysices et Hist: P.P. / in Acad. Altdorfina ab Ao. 1674. Bibliothecae / Academiae Prafectus, et Societatum Naturae Curiosor. / et Historicorum Imperialium itemque Recuperatorum / in Italia Collega. / Nat. d. 28.Maji Ao.1642. Denat. d.25. Febr. Ao. 1712.

Wolfgang Philipp Kilian [1654-1732] belong to the large dynasty of Augsburg engravers. He was the son of engraver Philipp Kilian [1828-1693], and brother of the engraver Johann Kilian [1665-1730]. In 1704, Wolfgang moved to Nuremberg and in 1724 to Koenigsberg, East Prussia. He also traveled to Italy.

Some plates in the collection of British Museum are signed in plate "Jo.W.P. Kilian", which suggests that the brothers Johann and Wolfgang created these plates together. [Johann Wolfgang Kilian is not listed as the member of Kilian engraver dynasty in the Bavarian Staatsbibliothek.]

Reference:

Bavarian Staatsbibliothek. PND 120526301. 146-147. Wolfgang Philipp Kilian.Daniel Wilhelm Moller [also: Mueller], (26 May 1642, Bratislava - 25 Febr. 1712, Altdorf) was a Hungarian-born German polymath. The son of a goldsmith and jeweler Otto Moller and his wife Rebecca studied Bohemian [Czech] language. In 1660, he traveled to Austria, Moravia, Bohemia and Saxony.

In Saxony, he entered the University of Leipzig. In 1661 he transferred to the University of Wittenberg. The records confirm that he lived in the house of Johann Andreas Quenstedt, Wittenberg. He specialized on philosophical and theological studies. In October 1662, he acquired the academic degree of Master of Philosophy and was appointed the poet laureate.

In 1663 he traveled to Holland, England, Silesia, Prussia and Poland and arrived in 1664 at the University of Strasbourg, where he continued his theological studies. Here, he met, among others, Johann Conrad Dannhauer , Balthasar Bebel and Balthasar Scheidt (1614-1670). he also learned the French language. He lectured at the Strasbourg University. He travel to Switzerland, France and Italy. In 1670, Moller returned to Pressburg, Hungary and in 1671 he became a substitute rektor at the high school in his hometown.

In 1674, he became professor of history and metaphysics at the Nuremberg University. Moller also held the office of the librarian at Wagenseil University of Altdorf, and was in close contact with Philipp Jacob Spener. In 1693 Emperor Leopold appointed him to the Accademia dei Ricovrati (Societas Recuperatorum) in Padua. He also became a member of the German Academy of Sciences, he also was inducted into the society of the Empire historians. Moller participated in the organizational tasks at the Altdorf University, was twice rector of the Alma Mater and ten times Dean of the Faculty of Arts.

Provenance:
This plate comes from a collection of engravings bound by the German art collector "A.L." The finalized collection of hand-numbered engravings is dated 1762 which provides additional warranty that the engravings are authentic and created prior to 1762; auctioned in London, UK.

Certification of Authenticity will be included upon buyers request.

Artwork will be mailed unframed.

US: Priority (c.2-4 days) ------- $16.50
Canada: Priority (c.2-6 weeks) -- $27.50
World: Priority (c.2-8 weeks) --- $37.50
Condition
Cut to design, 3.3/4" x c.6.1/2" [95mm x 169mm], paste on larger laid paper, 5.1/2" x 7.1/2" [140mm x 190mm], A.L. handwritten number "107." at the upper right corner. Very little aging, very good condition.
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Daniel Wilhelm Moller 1712 engraving by Kilian 1720s

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