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Thursday 16 July 2020

Jean-Baptiste Lucien’s crayon-manner etching, “Acanthus Leaf Ornaments: Plate 2”, 1778, after André-Louis Caillouet

Jean-Baptiste Lucien (1748–1806)

“Acanthus Leaf Ornaments: Plate 2” (descriptive title only), 1778, after the design by André-Louis Caillouet (fl.c.1778–1817), published from 1778 to 1803—I believe that the earlier editions are printed in sanguine coloured ink and the later editions in black ink—by Jacques François Chereau (1742–1794) in “Principes d'ornemens: contenant les premières esquisses, fleurons, chapiteaux, modillons, frises, vases et autres parties d'architecture” (see the account of this publication offered by the Metropolitan Museum of Art: and a later edition published by Joubert and printed in black ink available for online viewing/downloading offered by

Crayon manner (Manière de crayon) etching printed in sanguine coloured ink on laid paper backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 30 x 41.1 cm; (plate) 24.6 x 37.8 cm.
Inscribed on plate: (upper-right corner) “E”; (lower-left corner) “Caillouet Del”; (lower-left of centre) “Chereau Exc.”; (lower-right of centre) “APDR.”; (lower-right corner) Lucien Sculp. 2”.

Condition: richly inked and strong impression laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. The sheet is in an excellent condition.

I am selling this very beautiful etching executed with a stipple roulette designed to mimic the grainy lines of a chalk drawing, for AU$194 (currently US$135.57/EUR118.74/GBP107.93 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 excellent example of an acanthus leaf motif ornament design, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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