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Friday 18 October 2019

Paul Edme Le Rat's etching, "Buste de Femme”, 1875

Paul Edme Le Rat (aka Paul Edme Rat; Paul Edme Lerat; Paul Edmunde Le Rat) (1842/49–92)

"Buste de Femme”, 1875, after the marble bas-relief in the Musée National de Florence (according to the inscription on plate) by Mino da Fiesole (aka Mino di Giovanni) (1429–1484), printed by Alfred Salmon (fl.1863-1894) and published in 1875 in “L'Art”, vol. 3, p. 33.

Etching on laid paper with full margins as published.
Size: (sheet) 41.7 x 30 cm.; (plate) 28.3 x 22.4 cm.; (image borderline) 24.1 x 18.6 cm.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) "Mino da Fiesole sculp./ L’Art.”; (centre) "BUSTE DE FEMME./ (Bas-Relief en Marbre du Musée National de Florence)”; (right) “Paul Le Rat a. q./ Imp. A. Salmon.”

Beraldi 1885-92 1 (Henri Béraldi [1885–1892], “Les graveurs du 19e siècles: guide de l'amateur d'estampes modernes”, vol. 11, Paris); IFF 23 (Département des Estampes 1930, “Inventaire du Fonds, Français: graveurs du XVIIe siècle”, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Portrait of a woman, after a bas-relief by Mino da Fiesole; bust-length, in profile to left, her right hand clutching a large gold chain hanging around her neck; hair braided and tied with ribbon, headdress adorned with pearls, and cloak lined with frieze of alternating suns, Cs and stirrups”

Condition: well-printed faultless impression in near pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling) with full margins as published.

I am selling this sublimely delicate etching by Le Rat—one of the better known of the nineteenth century reproductive printmakers exemplified by this translation of a bas-relief sculpture into fine lines—for the total cost of AU$180 (currently US$123.47/EUR110.49/GBP95.05 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 masterwork of 19th century etching executed with remarkable sensitivity—note the hand drawn horizonal lines in the background that are finer than a hair in thickness—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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