Henri Sallembier (1753–1820).
“Acanthus Leaf” (Feuille d'Acanthe), c1807, Plate 2 possibly from the series of forty plates, “Principes d'ornemens”, published in Paris by Bance aîné (aka Jacques Louis Bance) (1761–1847) in ten notebooks, each containing four plates.
Stipple etching with dot roulette in the crayon manner on wove paper backed with a support sheet.
Size: (support sheet) 43.4 x 56.4 cm; (sheet) 29.5 x 43.1 cm; (plate) 24.7 x 38.8 cm.
Lettered in plate: (lower left) “Dessiné d'après nature et Gravé par Sallembier/ A Paris, chez l’auteur Fg. St. Martin, No. 77.”; (lower centre) “FEUILLE D'ACANTHE.”; (upper right) “Pl. 2.” (lower right) “Déposé à la Bibliothèque Imp[éri]ale. En Avril 1807./ et chez Bance ainé Rue St. Denis, No. 214.”
Condition: a strong impression with margins (approx. 2 cm) laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. Beyond minor handling marks the sheet is in a very good condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.
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