Unidentified French printmaker, “L. V.” (as inscribed in plate), working in the manner of Charles Jacque (aka Charles Émile Jacque; Charles Jaque) (1813–1894)
“Intérieur de Cuisine” (Kitchen Interior), 1844, published in Paris for the art periodical of the Société Libre des Beaux-Arts, “Journal des Artistes: Annonce et compte rendu des ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure, lithographie, poésie, musique et art dramatique”, January 1844, as the final plate in the publication; see view 393: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k423911m/f393.item.
Etching on heavy wove paper with margins as published, backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 21.3 x 27.8 cm; (plate) 17.9 x 26 cm; (image borderline) 13.5 x 20.3 cm.
Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (upper right) “L. V. INV SC 1844”.
Lettered in plate above the image borderline: (centre) “JOURNAL DES ARTISTES”.
Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (centre) “Intérieur de Cuisine”.
Condition: a richly inked and well-printed impression with small margins around the platemark and laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. There are small tears in the margins and darkening to the left margin, but the image itself is in very good condition with no significant stains or foxing.
I am selling this this seldom seen etching on the art market showing the influence of the scenes of everyday life portrayed by the Barbizon School—especially Charles Jacque—for AU$221 (currently US$161.69/EUR137.27/GBP118.59 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 wonderfully intimate scene of rural domestic bliss featuring two happy little critters in the lower-left corner enjoying a meal—note the way that the cast shadow of their tails animates them and how this seemingly trivial detail gives the scene a spark of life—please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
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