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Thursday 7 May 2020

Louis Desplaces' engraving, “Enlèvement d’une Sabine”, c.1735

Louis Desplaces (aka Philippe Louis Campagnon Desplaces) (1682–1739)

“Rape of a Sabine” (aka “Enlèvement d’une Sabine”), c.1735, after an intermediary drawing by Charles Joseph Natoire (1700–1777), after the marble sculpture, “L'Enlèvement des Sabines”, 1582, by Giambologna (aka Jean Bologne; Jean de Bologne des Flandres; Jean Boulogne; Jehan Boulongne; Giovanni Bologna) (1529–1608) in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Piazza della Signoria (Florence, Italy), published by Desplaces in Paris.

Engraving with etching on laid paper with a lettered watermark, backed with a support sheet.
Size: (uneven sheet) 36.4 x 23 cm; (plate) 33.4 x 20.5 cm; (image borderline) 30.4 x 19.3 cm.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “a Paris chez Desplaces”; (centre) “ENLÈVEMENT D’UNE SABINE/ Groupe de Marbre fait par Jean de Boulogne a Florence.”; (right) “Dessiné par Ch. Natoire Et gravé par L. Desplaces.”

IFF 96 (Inventaire du Fonds Français 195, “Graveurs du XVIIIe Siècle: Deny (Mlle Jeanne)–Du Duy-Delage”, vol. VII, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes, cat. no. 96).

The Cleveland Museum of Art offers a brief description of this print:

Condition: well-printed, strong impression trimmed slightly unevenly with a small margin around the platemark and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. There is a strengthening patch on the lower right corner (verso) but this is not visible recto and there is a restored chipped tip to the upper right corner, otherwise the sheet is in a very good condition (i.e. there are no holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing).

I am selling this beautifully executed engraving, giving a landscape context to the spiralling rhythms of Giambologna’s famous sculpture, for AU$244 (currently US$158.48/EUR146.33/GBP128.14 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 sensitively rendered engraving, 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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