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Thursday 28 February 2019

Dominique Vivant Denon's etching, "Two Lions and a Lioness”, c1795

Dominique Vivant Denon (aka Vivant De Non; Vivant Denon; Baron Dominique-Vivant Denon) (1747–1825)

“Two Lions and a Lioness” (Deux lions et une lionne), c1795 (my attribution of this date is based on the time period that the printer/publisher of the lettered edition, NC Aubourg, was active), after the painting of the same composition by Martin Ferdinand Quadal (1736–1808).

Etching with pale plate tone on heavy wove paper.
Size: (sheet) 42.2 x 58.7 cm; (plate) 33.2 x 46.7 cm; (image borderline) 30.5 x 41.7 cm
Numbered on plate above the image borderline: (right) “42.”
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (along the lower edge at right) “M F Quabal […?] V Denon Sul[p]t”.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Quadal pinx:”; (right) “Denon Sculp:”
Lifetime impression before lettering for publication with the address of NC Aubourg.

TIB 12101.290 (Petra ten-Doesschate Chu 1985, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Dominique Vivant Dennon: French Masters of the Nineteenth Century”, vol. 121, Part 1, New York, Abaris Books, p, 231); IFF 223 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes, Paris, 1930).

Condition: a superb, richly inked and faultless impression with wide margins in near pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling).

I am selling this large, exceptionally rare and very beautiful etching for the total cost of AU$300 (currently US$214.30/EUR187.71/GBP160.92 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this near faultless impression exemplifying Denon’s magical ability to invest his portrayed subjects with the spirit of life, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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