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Friday 2 December 2022

Adolphe Mouilleron’s (folly) lithograph, “Charles V Picking up Titian’s Brush”, c1843, after Robert-Fleury

Adolphe Mouilleron (1820–1881)

A printer’s folly lithograph printed by Victor Jacques Bertauts (fl.1830s–1880)—a unique proof of superimposed mirror impressions— “Charles V Picking up Titian’s Brush” (“Charles Quint ramassant le pinceau du Titien”), c1843, after Joseph Nicolas Robert-Fleury’s (1797–1890) painting exhibited in the Salon of 1843. The published version of this lithograph (without the superimposition) is from the series, “Album of the Salon of 1843”, showing the main works exhibited at the Louvre, published in 1843 by Pierre Joseph Challamel (aka Challamel & Cie) (1813–1849?) in Paris.

Note that there is a caricature lithograph of the same subject lettered with the title: “Le Titien mérite bien d'être servi par César, même quand César est abymé de rhumatisme” (Titian well deserves to be served by Caesar, even when Caesar is damaged by rheumatism).

Superimposed two reversed impressions of a crayon-manner lithograph on wove paper trimmed around the (superimposed) image borderline and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (support sheet) 43 x 30 cm; (image borderline) 25.5 x 14.1 cm.

Condition: a well-printed (folly) impression trimmed around the image borderline and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper providing wide margins.

I am selling this playfully composed “folly” lithograph showing mirror images of King Charles V picking up Titian’s dropped paint brush—a sign of the King’s respect for the great painter even though the King was suffering rheumatism—for the total cost of AU$208 (currently US$141.82/EUR134.66/GBP115.53 at the time of 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 curiously wonderful and unique lithograph, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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