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Thursday 17 March 2022

François Bonvin’s etching, “Les Instruments de L'Eau-Forte”, 1861

François Bonvin (1817–1887)

“Les Instruments de  L'Eau-Forte” (aka “Etching Tools” [MET title]), 1861, proof impression before lettering (the British Museum offers the text of the lettering, see:, plate 1 (frontispiece) in the series of six plates, “Six eaux-fortes, dessinées et gravées par F. Bonvin, Peintre” (aka “Première suite d'eaux-fortes”), printed by Auguste Delâtre (aka Auguste Marie Delâtre) (1822–1907) and published by François Bonvin with the first portfolio edition published by Alfred Cadart (1828–1875) in Paris.

Etching on laid paper with partial “Arches” watermark.

Size: (sheet) 44 x 31 cm; (plate) 22.5 x 14.7 cm; (image borderline) 21.8 x 14 cm.

Proof impression before lettering with title and pulbication details.

Beraldi 2.1 (Henri Béraldi 1885, “Les graveurs du XIXe siècle: Guide de l'amateur d'estampes modernes: BELLANGÉ–BOVINET”, vol. II, Paris, Librairie L. Conquet, cat. no. 2.1, p. 164 []); IFF 136.6 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Départment des Estampes. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, 1930–, cat. no. 6.1, p. 136).

See also the descriptions of this print offered by the Musees Paris (The Museums of the City of Paris) and THE MET (The Metropolitan Museum of Art):

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed impression in near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this museum quality impression of a masterwork of etching showing a still-life arrangement of the implements used in etching—viz. paper in the foreground with a dabber resting on it; Tarlatan on the far left; bottles of acid, turpentine and oil with a funnel placed in one of them; prepared ground and ink on a sheet of glass; etching needles with  possibly long tapers on the left—for AU$388 in total (currently US$286.23/EUR258.13/GBP217.64 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 remarkably fine proof-state etching, 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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