Louis Auguste Girardot (1856–1933)
"Femme du Riff", 1897, published in the French monthly periodical, “L’Estampe Moderne”, 1897. I understand that there are two editions of this lithograph and this impression, numbered “101” within the ink stamp of the “L’Estampe Moderne” printed verso at the upper-left corner, is from the deluxe edition of 150 copies printed on a full sheet of Japan (wove) paper with the “L'Estampe Moderne” blindstamp at the lower-right corner of the sheet. The more common edition of 2000 copies has the blindstamp just below image at right (see a copy from this latter edition held by the British Museum https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis-Auguste_Girardot).
Colour lithograph printed in red, ochre and grey on Japan (wove) paper with the publisher’s bind-stamp at lower right.
Size: (sheet) 54.9 x 40.6 cm; (image borderline) 31.7 x 23 cm.
Inscribed in plate: (upper right) “L – A – GIRARDOT/ 1897”
Blindstamped with the seal of 'L'Estampe Moderne' (Lugt 2790) at lower right corner of the sheet.
Ink stamped with the seal of “L'Estampe Moderne” and numbered in blue crayon, “101” on verso at upper-left corner.
IFF 3 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes, Paris).
The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “Portrait, half-length, of a young Berber woman in a head-dress and embroidered or brocaded clothing, with necklaces; set against a patterned backdrop; plate from 'L'Estampe Moderne. 1897 Colour lithograph” (BM inv. no. 1898,0712.251).
Condition: a well-printed impression with generously wide margins in near pristine condition for its considerable age with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains, foxing or signs of handling.
I am selling this superb (museum quality) impression printed on a full sheet from the deluxe edition of this rare lithograph, for the total cost of AU$318 (currently US$227.70/EUR201.08/GBP168.15 at the time of posting 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 sensitively executed portrait of a stunningly beautiful young Berber woman from north-eastern Morocco, sometimes called the Rif or Riff—an Arabic word for “edge of cultivated area”—please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
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