Jean Lepautre (aka Jean Le Pautre; Jean Le Potre; Jean Lepotre) (1618–1682)
“Frieze with Putti Amidst Acanthus Scrolls”, c1650, plate 2 from the series of six numbered plates, “Frises et diferants Ornaments à Italiene“, published in Paris by Pierre Mariette II (1634-1716) in 1657 (this date is based on Mariette’s inscribed address of publication [Rue St Jacques à l'Espérance] that he occupied in 1657) with royal privilege from Louis XIV (King of France).
Etching on fine laid paper.
Size: (sheet) 20 x 28.1 cm: (plate) 16.1 x 23 cm; (image borderline) 15.2 x 22 cm.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Inuen. et graué par I. le Pautre.”; (left of centre) “Auec priuil. du Roy.”; (right) “A Paris chez Pierre Mariette rue S. Iacques a lesperance. 2”
Condition: a well-printed impression showing no sign of wear to the printing plate. Beyond two holes at upper right the sheet is in near pristine condition for its considerable age.
I am selling this superbly executed etching, depicting a section of a Baroque architectural frieze, for the total cost of AU$214 (currently US$151.75/EUR139.49/GBP122.34 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 very fine architectural study—note how the energy of the spiralling acanthus leaves lies not just with an opposing spiralling direction, but also with the critically important interval of straight line marking the transition between the opposing directions (an important lesson that my father taught me)—please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
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