Henry Valentin (aka Henry Augustin Valentin) (1822–1886)
“A Worker at Sèvres” (aka “Un Ouvrier de Sèvres"), 1863, plate 70 from the second volume of prints produced by the Société des Aquafortistes, “Eaux-Fortes Modernes: Originales et Inédites”, published in Paris in monthly installments from September 1863 to August 1864 by Cadart & Luquet (aka Alfred Cadart & Jules Luquet) (fl.1863–1867) and printed by Auguste Delâtre (aka Auguste Marie Delâtre) (1822–1907). Note that the plate numbering for the second volume continues from the first volume (i.e., from plate 61 to plate 120).
Etching with masked plate tone on laid paper with full margins as published.
Size: (sheet) 48 x 32.2 cm; (plate) 31.5 x 23.4 cm; (image borderline) 26.7 x 19.5 cm.
Signed in plate within the image borderline: (lower right corner) “h. Valintin”.
Numbered and lettered in plate beyond the image borderline: (upper right corner) “70.”; (lower left) “H. Valentin sculpt.”; (lower centre) “UN OUVRIER DE SÈVRES./ Paris, Publié par A. CADART & LUQUET, Éditeurs, 79, Rue de Richelieu.”; (lower right) “Imp. Delâtre, Rue St. Jacques, 303, Paris.”
The British Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art offer descriptions of this print: https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1864-1008-280 & https://philamuseum.org/collection/object/7341.
See also the detailed description offered by Art of the Print: http://www.artoftheprint.com/artistpages/valentin_henry_aworkerfromsevres.htm.
Condition: a strong and well-printed impression with generously wide margins. Beyond minor handling marks and dustiness, the sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, significant stains or foxing.
I am selling this revealing look at a potter at the world famous porcelain works at Sèvres—note the potter’s right leg propelling the “kick wheel”, the kneaded balls of clay prepared/deaired for throwing on the wheel, the large natural sponge beside his left hand used for soaking up excess water and his use of a wooden template form/”jigger” to refine/”turn” the footed bowl he is working on (my apologies for any mistakes with my interpretation of what he is doing)—for the total cost of AU$236 (currently US$169.58/EU157.23/GBP132.53 at the time of posting 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.
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