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Friday 4 December 2020

Adolphe Appian’s etching, “Flottille de Barques Marchandes (Monaco)”, 1872

Adolphe Appian (1818–1898)

Adolphe Appian’s etching, “Flottille de Barques Marchandes (Monaco)” (Flotilla of Merchant Boats [Monaco]), 1872, printed by Alfred Salmon (fl.1863–1894) and published in Paris in the “Gazette des Beaux-Arts” on 1 July 1872.

Etching with plate tone on laid paper with small margins.

Size: (sheet) 17.5 x 27.5 cm; (plate) 14.6 x 23.5 cm; (image borderline) 11.6 x 21.3 cm.

Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “PEINT ET GRAVÉ PAR A. APPIAN/ Gazette des Beaux-Arts.”; (centre) “FLOTTILLE DE BARQUES MARCHANDES (MONACO)”; (right) “Imp. A. Salmon - Paris.”

State ii (of ii) with the addition of publication details for the “Gazette des Beaux-Arts”.

Curtis & Prouté 34ii (Atherton Cutiis & Paul Prouté 1968, “Adolphe Appian son Oeuvre Gravé et Lithographié”, Paris, Paul Prouté, p. 33, cat. no. 34), Jennings 30 (Herbert H Jennings 1925, “Print Collector’s Quarterly,” vol. 12, no. 1, cat. no. 30).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“A landscape of the sea near the coast of Monaco: a flotilla of boats, at left; beyond at left, buildings at the foot of the mountains, and at right, a single boat; second state. 1872 Etching”


Condition: a richly inked and faultless museum-quality impression with small margins in near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this poetically evocative etching of moored boats in soft light, for the total cost of AU$337 (currently US$250/EUR205.38/GBP185.83 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 sensitively executed and densely worked etching by a major artist closely connected to the Barbizon School, 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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