Sunday, 25 November 2018

Charles Émile Jacque's and/or Léon Subercaze's etching, “Village Festival under a Tree”, c1840s, after Adriaen van Ostade


Charles Émile Jacque (1813–1894) and/or
Léon Subercaze (fl.1845–1849)

Note: current opinion is that most—arguagly all—of the prints after Adriaen van Ostade (1610–85) and attributed to Charles Jacque (including those lettered with Jacques’ name) are now thought to have been executed by Léon Subercaze (see the Curator of the British Museum’s comment for BM No. 1889,0608.292).

“Village Festival under a Tree”, c1840s (note that a previous collector’s inscription on thie margin of this print proposes that the date of execution is 1866), after Adriaen van Ostade possibly published in the series “20 sujets composés et gravés à l'eau-forte par Ch. Jacques” (20 subjects composed and etched by Jacques Ch.).
Etching on buff chine collé China paper laid on ivory wove paper backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 27.2 x 35.9 cm; (plate) 13.5 x 23.1 c; (chine) 12.7 x 22.8 cm; 
(image borderline) 12 x 22.3 cm
Numbered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “13.”

Note that I have been unsuccessful in finding this print listed in J-J Guiffrey’s (1866) catalogue raisonne for Charles Jacque, but the Museum of Fine Arts Boston holds an unillustrated print online titled “A small festivity before a cottage” after Adriaen van Ostade by Léon Subercaze which may be the same print. Sadly, the online description of the MFA’s print does not give dimensions or other details to confirm this idea (see https://www.mfa.org/collections/object/a-small-festivity-before-a-cottage-90649). The MFA also holds another print by Jacque/Subercaze described as “[One of twenty one] Van Ostade. La vie et son oeuvre” (see https://www.mfa.org/collections/object/one-of-twenty-one-van-ostade-la-vie-et-son-oeuvre-353958), but as this impression is numbered “13” there would be an anomaly in the numbering of the series as Jacque’s etching “Forgeron”, 1850, is also numbered “13”.

Condition: richly inked and well-printed proof impression before the addition of publication details in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, significant stains or foxing). There are light pencil notations by a previous collector in the margin (upper and lower right corners) and the sheet has been laid onto a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this magnificently executed etching after Adriaen van Ostade for AU$188 (currently US$136.09/EUR119.97/GBP106.18 at the time of posting this print) 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 remarkable etching from the 19th century, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold








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