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Friday 3 May 2019

Jules Jacquemart's etching, “Ivoire et Céladons", 1872

Jules Jacquemart (aka Jules Ferdinand Jacquemart) (1837–1880)

“Ivoire et Céladons", 1872, printed by François Liénard (fl.c. 1860s–1880s), published in “Gazette des Beaux-Arts”, March 1872, in Paris.

Etching with plate tone on cream-coloured laid paper with watermark, backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 17.2 x 26.9 cm; (plate) 12.7 x 23 cm; (image borderline) 11.2 x 21.8 cm.
Signed on plate within the image borderline at lower right: "J. Jacquemard 1872".
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Gazette des Beaux-Arts.”; (centre) “IVOIRE ET CELADONS"; (right) "F­_çois Liénard.Imp.Paris."
Published state. Although Gonse (1876) advises that there are “some trials” showing vice marks and “others without signature”, Gonse is not aware of any “intermediate state” for this print (see p. 80).

Gonse 337 (Louis Gonse 1876, 'L'Oeuvre de Jules Jacquemart', Paris, Gazette des Beaux-Arts, p. 80 (reproduced), cat. no. 337).
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“A pair of Chinese statuettes, both representing a seated man, and behind them an octagonal ivory panel decorated with carved birds and flowers; published in "La Gazette de Beaux-Arts", March 1872 Etching with surface tone”

See also the description of this print at The Cleveland Museum of Art:

Condition: richly inked faultless impression with 2.5 cm (approx.) margins in pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use) laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.

I am selling this marvellous etching described in the Gonse’s catalogue raisonné (1876) as “one of the most astonishing of his [Jacquemart’s] works for the richness of the tone the shimmer, in somehow fantastic, light” (p. 80), for the total cost of AU$243 (currently US$170.01/EUR152.35/GBP130.83 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 portrayed mini drama where two Chinese figurines seem to “come to life”—and, according to Gonse, are “choked with laughter”—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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