Monday 13 January 2020
François Jollain's engraving, “Partridge and Eagle”, c.1680
François Jollain the elder (c.1641–1704).
“Partridge and Eagle” (aka “Perdrix et Aigle”), c.1680, plate 11 from the series “Diversae Avium Specie Studiosissime ad Vitam Delineatae” (Diverse bird species accurately drawn from life), published by Gérard (?) Jollain (fl.1660–1683) in Paris in c.1680.
Todocoleccion offers a description of the prints in the series and showcases each plate in its context in the publication (including this plate) by scrolling to the bottom of their web page:
Note: Edward Cooper (fl.1682–1725) published a similar set of prints under the same title after the designs of Francis Barlow (c.1626–1704), but this print is not a part of that series as showcased by The Tate Gallery:
Adriaen Collaert (c.1560–1618) engraved a very similar plate but with a landscape background and under the series title “Avium Vivæ Icones”, published by Theodoor Galle (1571–1633); see
Engraving with platetone on watermarked laid paper backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 17.4 x 24.3 cm; (plate) 13.5 x 18.5 cm; (image borderline) 12.4 x 18 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (upper left) “[La] perderix se nourit d’oeufs de freinis, …/ …/ …/ …au mal des yeux./ Perdix/ Perdris”; (upper right) “Aquila/ L’Aygle se nourit de gibier, …/ …/ …/ …/ …/ …/ est de couleur faulle.”
Numbered on plate below the image borderline: (lower right corner) “11.”
Condition: early impression showing scratched guidelines for the lettering with full margins as published (based on the light age toning at the sheet edges). The initial letters on the upper left were smudged during printing and there are finely punched binding holes on the left side of the sheet. The sheet is laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.
I am selling this remarkable engraving, showing not only the two exquisitely portrayed birds, but, interestingly, also the finely scored lettering guidelines (before they wore away during the printing process), unintentional lines created by the polishing of the plate, a printer’s smudge where the plate was handled at the upper left and a deposit of link on the plate edge resulting from poor wiping of the plate, for a total cost of AU$210 (currently US$159.05/EUR142.94/GBP122.30 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
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This print has been sold