Wednesday, 16 January 2019
Jean Pierre Norblin de la Gourdaine’s etching, “Polish Charity”, c1774/89.
Jean Pierre Norblin de la Gourdaine (aka Jean Pierre Norblin de la Gordaine) (1745–1830)
“Polish Charity” (MIA title) (aka “Woman gives a drink to the sick on bed”; “Sick Woodcutter”), c1774/89.
Etching on ivory China (wove) paper with small margins and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 8.3 x 6.4 cm; (plate) 7.3 x 5.5 cm
State ii (of ii) The British Museum holds a first state impression before the darkening of the shadows; see: BM No. 1877,1013.711.
Hillemacher 1848 20 II (Frédéric Hillemacher 1848, “Catalogue des estampes qui composent l'oeuvre de J. P. Norblin”, Paris); Smolik 77; Francke 23.
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Night scene with woman holding a burning torch and holding out a jug to a figure lying in a bed; second state, with additional work.”
See also the description of this print at the Minneapolis Institute of Art: https://collections.artsmia.org/art/105121/polish-charity-jean-pierre-norblin-de-la-gourdaine; and at the Rijksmuseum: http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.collect.158679
Condition: faultless impression of this miniature etching laid onto a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The upper right corner is slightly chipped , otherwise the sheet is in near pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions stains, foxing, or signs of use).
I am selling this tiny jewel of an etching by one of the most important artists of the Enlightenment in Poland for AU$262 (currently US$187.89/EUR165.08/GBP146.22 at the time of posting this print) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).
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This print has been sold