Joseph Parrocel (1646–1704)
“Jesus Christ Calms a Storm” (aka “Jesus Christ appaise une tempéte”), 1661, plate 22 from the series of forty plates, “Les Miracles de la Vie de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ” (The Miracles of the Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ).
Etching on laid paper trimmed close to the image borderline and retaining the title (with loss of the lower right biblical reference: “St. Marc Ch. 4”).
Size: (sheet) 15.6 x 18.4 cm; (image borderline) 14.4 x 18.3 cm.
Inscribed In plate within the image borderline: (along wave crest at lower left) “J. Parrossel. jn. et fe. C.P.R.”
Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (centre) “JESUS CHRIST appaise une tempéte.”
State i (of ii) lifetime impression of the etched state of the plate before it was later engraved in the second state.
Robert-Dumesnil in the catalogue raisonné for this set of prints advises that the first state impressions of “pure etching” are “rare.”
Arguably, this impression is very likely to have been printed by the artist’s own hand as the inventory of his possession (dated 16 July, 1704) reveals that the artist possessed in the cellar of his house a “press in oak wood” to print his plates.
Robert-Dumesnil 62 (22) (A P F Robert-Dumesnil 1835, “Le peintre-graveur français, ou Catalogue raisonné des estampes gravées par les peintres et les dessinateurs de l'école française : ouvrage faisant suite au Peintre-graveur de M. Bartsch”, vol. 3, Paris, p. 272, cat. no. 62 : see https://archive.org/details/bnf-bpt6k65575384/page/n291/mode/2up).
Robert-Dumesnil in the catalogue raisonné (1835) offers the following description of this print:
(Transl.) “A ship beaten by the waves occupies the middle; Our Lord can be recognized by the halo which surrounds his head” (p. 272).
Condition: a strong and well-printed impression, trimmed within the platemark with partial loss of the biblical reference. There is thinness to the lower edge (not visible unless the sheet is held to the light), otherwise the sheet is in a very good condition with no tears, holes, folds, significant stains or foxing.
I am selling this lifetime/first state impression of an etching of the utmost rarity (see Robert-Dumesnil) before it was later “finished” with engraving, for AU$235 in total (currently US$175.99/EUR152.24/GBP128.94 at the time of posting this print) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.
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