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Saturday, 13 June 2020

Charles Henri Guérard’s etching,“Vase en Verre Antique”, 1887


Charles Henri Guérard (1846–1897)

“Vase en Verre Antique” (Antique Glass Vase) (aka “Seau en Cristal de Roche” [Rock Crystal Bucket”]), 1887, published on page 298 for the article on page 361, “Le Trésor de Saint-Marc a Venise”, in the “Gazette des Beaux-Arts” (April, 1887) in Paris. The portrayed object is held in the Treasury of the Basilica of San Marco in Venice (as inscribed on the plate).

Drypoint with dot roulette, aquatint and pale plate tone on cream chine collé (China) on heavy wove paper with full margins as published.
Size: (sheet) 44.9 x 31.7 cm; (plate) 23.7 x 15.7 cm; (chine collé) 23 x 14.6 cm; (image borderline) 20.6 x 13.5 cm.

Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower left) “H. GUERARD.”
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “H. Guérard sc.”; (centre) “VASE EN VERRE ANTIQUE/ ( Trésor de la Basilique de S. Marc a Venise. )”; (right) “Gazette des Beaux-Arts.”

Bertin 579 (Claudie Bertin 1975, “Henri Guérard 1846–1897: L'Oeuvre Gravé”, Paris, Ecole du Louvre, cat. no. 579).

For an interesting discussion of Guérard’s prints, see the exhibition essay, “The Prints of
Henri-Charles Guérard 1846–1897: A Curious Hand” (The New York Public Library, 2016–17):

See also the online collection of prints by Guérard offered by The New York Public Library:

Condition: a near faultless impression in museum-quality/near pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains, foxing or signs of use).

I am selling this unassuming masterwork from the late 19th century showing true creative invention in rendering the shadows, reflections and transparency of crystal and the polished surface of metal for AU$230 (currently US$160.14/EUR142.22/GBP127.60 at the time of posting 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 remarkable print showcasing Guérard’s rare technical skills in minetic rendering, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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