Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Jean François Ribault's engraving, “Paris et Oenone”, 1817
Jean François Ribault (1767–1820)
“Paris et Oenone”, 1817, after the design by the intermediary draughtsman, René Duchemin (1768–1859; fl.1789–1817), after the painting (1706) in the Galleria Sabauda (Turin) by Adriaen van der Werff (aka Adrien Vanderwerff) (1659–1722), from the series, “Musée Français”—prints reproducing paintings and sculptures in the French National Collection published by Robillard-Péronville and Laurent in four volumes titled, “Musée Français, recueil complet des tableaux, statues et bas-reliefs qui composent la collection nationale, avec l'explication des sujets et des discours historiques sur la peinture, la sculpture et la gravure” (French Museum, complete collection of paintings, statues and bas-reliefs that make up the national collection, with the explanation of historical subjects and discourses on painting, sculpture and engraving). For more detail about the series, see the explanatory note for BM no. 1875,0410.469 by the Curator of the British Museum.
Engraving and etching on laid paper backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 56.7 x 40.4 cm; (plate) 50.2 x 35.7 cm; (image borderline) 31.1 x 25.5 cm.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) "Peint par Vander Werff."; (centre) “Dessiné par Duchemin / PÂRIS ET ŒNONE.”; (right) "Gravé par J.F. Ribault".
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Oenone and Paris; the naked nymph reclining next to Paris who holds a flute, a statue of a river-god in right background; after Adriaen van der Werff”
See also the description offered by The Harvard Museum:
Condition: richly inked, near faultless impression with generous margins backed by a support sheet of fine archival/millennium quality washi paper. There is a repaired patch in the margin at upper right otherwise the sheet is in an excellent condition (i.e. there are no holes, abrasions, creases, stains or foxing).
I am selling this superbly executed engraving showing the mountain nymph, Oenone, skilfully seducing the shepherd, Paris—who I should add is destined to become her husband and (shockingly) destined to leave her for the more beautiful Helen of Troy—for the total cost of AU$198 (currently US$137.74/EUR121.48/GBP107.96) 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