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Sunday 8 January 2023

Adolphe Appian’s etching, “Flottille de Barques Marchandes (Monaco)”, 1872

Adolphe Appian (1818–1898)

“Flottille de Barques Marchandes (Monaco)” (aka “Flotilla of Merchant Boats”) 1872, printed by Alfred Salmon (fl.1863–1894) and published in the “Gazette des Beaux-Arts” (1st July, 1872, pp. 48–49) in Paris.

Etching on cream chine collé on heavy wove paper with wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 31 x 39 cm; (plate) 14.5 x 23.4 cm; (chine collé) 13.5 x 22.3 cm; (image borderline) 11.2 x 21.1 cm.

Inscribed in plate below the image borderline: (left) “PEINT ET GRAVÉ PAR A. APPIAN/ Gazette des Beaux-Arts.”; (centre) “FLOTTILLE DE BARQUES MARCHANDES (MONACO)”; (right) Imp. A. Salmon _ Paris.”

State ii (of ii) with the addition of publication details.

Curtis & Prouté 34 ii (Atherton Cutiis & Paul Prouté 1968, “Adolphe Appian son Oeuvre Gravé et Lithographié”, Paris, Paul Prouté, [n.p.] cat. no. 34 ii); Jennings 30 (Herbert H Jennings 1925, Adolphe Appian [essay] in “Print Collector’s Quarterly,” vol. 12, no. 1, p. 115, cat. no. 30 [scroll to page115:]).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “A landscape of the sea near the coast of Monaco: a flotilla of boats, at left; beyond at left, buildings at the foot of the mountains, and at right, a single boat; second state. 1872 Etching”  (

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed (faultless) impression in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this marvellous etching capturing the soft light of dawn/dusk on a “Flotilla of Merchant Boats” off the coast of Monaco in the late 19th century, for the total cost of AU$312 (currently US$214.61/EUR201.54/GBP177.47 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 exceptionally beautiful etching executed by an artist with a strong personal vision (as exemplified by the projected melancholic mood of this print—but this could simply be my reading of it) and a close connection with the Barbizon School, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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