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Saturday 27 April 2024

Jean Lepautre, “Font with Two Variants at Bottom and Ornamented with the Adoration of the Shepherds”, c.1667

Jean Lepautre (aka Jean Le Pautre; Jean Le Potre; Jean Lepotre) (1618–1682)

“Font with Two Variants at Bottom and Ornamented with the Adoration of the Shepherds”, c.1667, plate 2 from the series of six plates depicting fonts in the Roman style (“Plates ala Romaine”), published in 1667 by Jean Leblond I (aka Jean Le Blond) (c.1590/94–1666) with privilege from Louis XIV (King of France) (1638–1715). This hand-coloured impression is from the first edition before the edition by Pierre Mariette I) (1634–1716) in 1667 and the later edition by Charles Antoine Jombert (1712–1784) in 1751.

Etching with hand-colouring on laid paper and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 31.3 x 23 cm; (plate) 29.8 x 21.7 cm; (image borderline) 29.2 x 21.1 cm.

Inscribed in plate below the image borderline: (left) “le Bond exec avec Privilege”; (right) “le Potre fecit”

State i (of ii) before numbering and the addition of “P. Mariette ex.”

Condition: a slightly pale impression with vibrant watercolour hand-colouring showing minor staining of the colour in the small margin around the platemark. The sheet is in very good condition with no tears, holes or folds and is backed with a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper

I am selling this uniquely hand-coloured engraving for the total cost of AU $604 (currently US $394.72/EUR 368.94/GBP 315.92 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. Note that payment is in Australian dollars as this is my currency.

If you are interested in purchasing this ornamental design augmented with bold colouring, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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