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Saturday 20 April 2024

Achille Désiré Lefevre, “Le Sommeil d'Antiope”, c.1850, after Antonio Correggio

Achille Désiré Lefevre (1798–1864)

Le Sommeil d'Antiope” (Antiope's Sleep), c.1850 (between 1818–1864), after the intermediary design by Auguste Sandoz (aka Auguste Sandos) (fl.late 18thC– early 19thC), after Antonio Correggio’s (Antonio Allegri; Corrège) (1489–1534) painting, “Venus, Satyre et Cupidon” (c.1524/27), in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. 42; see:, printed and published in Paris by the Chalcographie of the Musée du Louvre between 1818 and 1864.

Etching and engraving on heavy wove paper with wide margins stamped with the blind seal of the Chalcographie Imperiale du Louvre at lower centre.

Size: (sheet) 65 x 47.1 cm; (platemark) 53.4 x 37.5 cm; (image borderline) 41.8 x 27.8 cm.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “LE CORRÈGE PINXT.”; (centre) “SANDOZ DEL./ LE SOMMEIL D'ANTIOPE./ CHALCOGRAPHIE IMPERIALE DU LOUVRE./ [blind stamp of the Chalcographie]”; (right) “ACH. LEFÈVRE SCULPT.”.

Condition: a richly inked and strong (near faultless) impression with generously wide margins. There are minor marks in the margins, otherwise, the sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds or significant stains.

I am selling this huge etching, showing an amorously smitten satyr discovering Venus (possibly not Antiope) and cupid asleep, for the total cost of AU$313 (currently US$200.99/EUR188.53/GBP162.44 at the time of 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.

If you are interested in purchasing this superbly rich impression of a masterwork of etching and engraving with strong—perhaps (at least to my eyes) glowing—contrasts of light and dark tones, 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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