Auguste Brouet (1872–1941)
"The Grace" (aka “Saying Grace”; “The Prayer Before the Meal”; “Le Bénédicité”), c1875 (note that this is a tentative date based on the period when Brouet was making large reproductive etchings printed in colour—which this plate was later editioned), after Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin’s (1699–1779) famous painting(s) (c1740)—there are a few variants painted by Chardin (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saying_Grace_(Chardin)). This is a trial-proof signed in pencil before lettering for publication—possibly in Munich by Bischoff & Höfle (fl. 1900–1909)—and its later printing in colour. According to the very interesting website, “Auguste Brouet - Le Journal”, there were trial proofs from Eugène Delâtre's stock (C. Collin, April 2007 catalog)”, but this impression does not bear the red mark of Eugène Delâtre (see http://rep.auguste-brouet.org/index.php?pages/LEs-eaux-fortes-en-couleur-de-reproduction).
Etching and aquatint, trial proof before lettering, printed in brown (umber) ink on laid paper, hand signed in pencil by the artist on lower right margin.
Size: (sheet) 55.7 x 48.8 cm; (plate) 51.9 x 42.7 cm; (image borderline) 48.5 x 40.5 cm.
Condition: strong impression (trial proof) with small margins in near faultless condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, losses, stains, foxing or significant signs of handling) apart from pencil notations by a previous collector at the lower edge of the sheet (recto and verso).
I am selling this large and rare etching with aquatint—note that I have been unable to find this print in any of the major museums—after one of the most famous paintings by Chardin for AU$498 (currently US$355.66/EUR299.68/GBP272.79 at the time of posting 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.
If you are interested in purchasing this stunning museum-quality, pencil signed, artist’s proof before the later edition when the plate was printed in colour, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold