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Wednesday 7 July 2021

Adolphe Appian’s etching, “Une Moria à Bordiquier (Italie)”, 1873

Adolphe Appian (1818–1898)

Une Moria à Bordiquier (Italie)” (as titled in the plate—but Jennings [1925] changes the second word “Moria” to the more appropriate word, “Noria”, in his catalogue of Appian’s etchings) (aka “A Water Wheel in Bordighera [Italy]”; “Environs de Bordigaera, Dans le Var”; “Environs de Nice”), 1873, printed and published in Paris by Alfred Cadart (1828–1875) for Une Société de Peintres-Graveurs a L'Eau-Forte as Plate 225  in “L'Illustration Nouvelle, yr. & vol., 6, 1874. Gallica – BnF offers an online view of all the prints (including this etching) featured in this publication:;

Interestingly, in his catalogue raisonné for Appian’s prints, Jennings (1925) proposes a possible motivation for Appian's curious use of multiple titles for his artworks: “Such vagaries were perhaps due to thoughtlessness, but more probably the intention was to “dépister” [outwit] those who sought to identify his motifs” (p. 110).

Etching with plate tone on fine laid paper (watermarked) with full margins as published.

Size: (sheet) 31.1 x 48.8 cm; (plate) 23.8 x 31.6 cm; (image borderline) 19.6 x 28.4 cm.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (upper left corner) “Appian. 1873”.

Numbered in plate above the image borderline: (right) “225.”

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “A.Appian,del. et sc.”; (centre) “UNE MORIA À BORDIQUIER (Italie)”; (right) “A.Cadart,Edit.Imp.Ruw Nve,Mathurins,58,Paris.”

State ii (of iv) with the addition of the title and publication details for Cadart and before the reduction of the plate size of state iii and the addition of publication details for the Keppel edition of state iv.

Curtis & Prouté 37ii (Atherton Cutiis & Paul Prouté 1968, “Adolphe Appian son Oeuvre Gravé et Lithographié”, Paris, Paul Prouté, cat. no. 37 ii); Jennings 33 (Herbert H Jennings 1925, Adolphe Appian (essay) in “Print Collector’s Quarterly,” vol. 12, no. 1, p. 115, cat. no. 33 [see]).

Condition: a richly inked, strong and well-printed impression with full margins (as published). There is a 2 cm tear in the right margin, otherwise there are no holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing.

I am selling this remarkably luminous impression for the total cost of AU$315 (currently US$238.92/EUR200.96/GBP172.06 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 superb etching executed by an artist with a strong personal vision and close connection with the Barbizon School please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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