Wednesday, 6 May 2020
Alfred Taiée’s etching, “Un Chemin Creux”, 1876, after Antoine Vollon
Alfred Taiée (1820–1880)
“Un Chemin Creux” (A Sunken Lane), 1876, untrimmed proof impression after the design of Antoine Vollon (1833–1900) (possibly the sepia wash study of the same composition by Vollon auctioned by La Gazette Drouet: https://www.gazette-drouot.com/en/lots/5580899), printed in Paris before publication in 1876 by Alfred Cadart (aka Vve Cadart) (1828–1875) in “Vingt tableaux de la collection Berthelier: [estampe] / gravés à l'eau-forte par Alfred Taiée”—a series of twenty etchings reproducing the collection of paintings held by the actor, Jean Berthelier. The BnF offers an online view of the twenty plates in this publication (see image 45 for this etching): https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b525041863).
Etching with pale plate tone on fine laid paper with wide margins.
Size: (sheet) 29 x 39.2 cm; (plate) 23.9 x 16 cm; (image borderline) 19.1 x 13.8 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower left corner) “Vollon”.
Inscribed on plate below the image borderline: (left) “a. taiée d’ap. Vollon.”; (centre) “tableau appt. à m. Berthelier.”; (right) “Imp. Cadart.”
Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) offers a description of this print: https://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb40271972v.
Condition: richly inked impression, but slightly over-wiped at the lower-left, with wide margins (before trimming for publication) in near pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, folds, holes, losses, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use).
I am selling this rare pre-publication proof impression for AU$198 (currently US$127.38/EUR117.91/GBP103.10 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).
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