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Tuesday 13 October 2020

Pierre Lacour’s engraving, “Second Antique Sarcophagus”, 1806


Pierre Lacour (1778–1859) and son

Second Antique Sarcophagus” (aka “Second Sarcophage Antique”), 1806, plate four (illustration) to Pierre Lacour’s “Tombeaux Antiques: Trouvés à Saint-Médard d'Eyran, près de Bordeaux” (aka “Antiquités bordelaises, Sarcophages trouvés à Saint Médard d'Eyran: gravés et publiés par MM. Lacour père et fils”, engraved and published by the author in 1806 (see  

By intention this engraving (along with drawings) served to document a part of the discoveries of antiques discovered by a farmer-ploughmen in Saint-Médard-d'Eyrans (near Bordeaux, France) in 1804 (see

Pierre Lacour in “Tombeaux Antiques” (1806) makes the interesting proposal regarding the bas-relief subject of Bacchus and Ariadne featured in this sarcophagus that the author/painter/engraver/archaeologist sees as offering the “double advantage” to the remembrance of the entombed deceased; namely:

(Transl.) “…a smiling image, and … a fairly accurate allegory of the passage from sleep to death … in the awakening of a new life” (p. 27).

Engraving on laid paper trimmed within the platemark and with a tri-fold (flattened) as published, backed on a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 29 x 53 cm.

Lettered on plate above the image: (left) “Antiquités Bordelaises”; (centre) “SECOND SARCOPHAGE ANTIQUE/ A […] B […] C”; (right) “Planche Quatrième.”

Lettered on plate below the image: (left) “[abraded ‘Dessiné’] et Gravé par P Lacour”; (left of centre) “A Ampelos sur le Char de Bacchus,”; (centre) “Bacchus and Ariane./ B. Tablette sans Inscription.”; (right of centre) “C. Buste Consulaire Ebauché.”

Condition: Strong and well-printed image with the lower left inscription lightly abraded. The tri-fold creases of publication have been flattened having been laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. There are tears on the right and the upper left margin, otherwise the sheet is in a good condition with no holes, losses or significant stains.

I am selling this large, superbly executed and visually arresting engraving of a marble bas-relief that was found in France only two years before this engraving documented its great beauty, for AU$268 (currently US$192.78/EUR163.49/GBP147.90 at the time of this listing) 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 grand scale engraving, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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