Adolphe Martial Potémont (aka Adolphe Théodore Jules Martial Potémont; Martial) (1828–1833)
“Des Instruments de L’Aquafortiste”, 1873, plates 1, 2, and 3, published by Alfred Cadart (1825–1875) as illustrations to the artist’s treatise on printmaking, “Nouveau Traité de la Gravure à L'Eau-Forte pour Les Peintres et les Dessinateurs” (New Treatise on Etching for Painters and Draftsmen).
The British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art offer descriptions of this book: https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1880-1114-123-135; https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/394010.
Plate 1: etching needles, a bottle of mordant (acid) and a feather to release bubbles in the etching process; etching on laid paper with plate tone; (sheet) 24.6 x 16.2 cm; (plate) 17.8 x 10 cm; (image borderline) 15 x 8.5 cm; inscribed in plate with the artist’s monogram at lower centre.
Plate 2: a hand vice (plate clamp) and dabbers (employed to spread the etching ground onto the printing plate); etching on laid paper with plate tone; (sheet) 24.8 x 15.6 cm; (plate) 18.1 x 11.4 cm; (image borderline) 16.5 x 10.1 cm; numbered in plate at upper centre “2” and inscribed with the artist’s monogram at lower centre.
Plate 3: a hand vice and taper flame (to smoke/blacken the etching ground); etching on laid paper with plate tone; (sheet) 24.6 x 15.9 cm; (plate) 18.1 x 11.4 cm; (image borderline) 16.2 x 9.6 cm; numbered in plate at upper centre, “3”, inscribed in plate at upper left “ENFUMER”, and with the artist’s monogram at lower centre.
Condition: richly inked and well-printed (near faultless) impressions with margins as published in excellent (near pristine) condition with no tears, holes, folds, significant stains or foxing.
I am selling this remarkably beautiful suite of three etchings showing the tools of etching— for the total cost of AU$240 (currently US$153.93/EUR154.46/GBP132.53 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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