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Saturday 19 September 2020

Jules de Goncourt’s etching, “Le Goblet D'Argent (after Chardin)”, 1862

Jules de Goncourt (aka Jules Alfred de Goncourt) (1830–1870)

“Le Goblet D'Argent (after Chardin)”, 1862, proof impression before lettering for publication after a portion of Jean-Siméon Chardin’s (1699–1779) painting, “The Silver Goblet”, c1730, originally in the Laperlier collection (according to Philippe Burty [1876] in his catalogue raisonné, p. 13) now in the collection of the St Louis Art Museum. The final lettered state is inscribed with Auguste Delâtre (aka Auguste Marie Delâtre) (1822–1907) as the printer (see BM inv. no. 1876,1111.398). Philippe Burty (1876, [n.p.] p. 21) advises that François Liénard printed an earlier edition of 2 impressions on vellum, 100 impressions on Japanese paper and 200 impressions on laid paper.

Etching on fine China paper, proof impression before lettering for publication on Japan paper, backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 41.2 x 30 cm; (plate [very soft]) 28.1? x 20.9? cm; (image borderline) 26.2 x 18.7 cm.

Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower right corner) “J. G. 52”.

Burty 58 (Philippe Burty 1876, “Eaux-fortes de Jules de Goncourt”, Paris, Librairie de L’Art, p. 13, cat. no. 58; see and illustration; IFF 55 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes): Beraldi 58 (Henri Beraldi 1887, “Les graveurs du 19e siècle; guide de l'amateur d'estampes modernes”, vol. 7, Paris, L Conquet, p. 176, cat. no. 58).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“Still-life with silver cup, cherries, apples, and a glass carafe in the background, left”


Condition: richly inked superb proof impression with generously wide margins and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper because the sheet is tissue thin. The sheet has the usual specks and unevenness of handmade Oriental paper; otherwise the sheet is in excellent condition with no tears, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this remarkably fine etching by Jules de Goncourt of the exceptionally famous and inseparable brothers known for their literary work and diaries offering a window to the social life around them—e.g. “Germinie Lacerteux”, a novel based purportedly on their family servant who stole from the brothers “to buy absinthe and cavort with her brutish gigolo” (— for the total cost of AU$256 (currently US$186.67/EUR157.66/GBP144.45 at the time of posting this print) including Express Mail (EMS) 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 executed study of a section of a still-life painting by Chardin, 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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