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Monday 27 March 2023

Adolphe Appian’s etching, “Le Village de Chanaz (Savoie)”, 1866

Adolphe Appian (1818–1898)

Le Village de Chanaz (Savoie)”, 1866, plate 229, printed by Auguste Delâtre (aka Auguste Marie Delâtre) (1822–1907). This is proof of the second state (Prouté 19) before the addition of the publication details for Cadart & Luce (fl.1867–1870/1) who published the print in “Eaux-Fortes Modernes”, vol. 4 (1866); “L’Eau-Forte depuis 10 ans” (1873) and “L’Eau-Forte depuis 12 ans” (1874) for the Société des Aquafortistes (Society of Etchers).

Etching with pale plate tone printed in a warm black ink on laid paper with wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 29.8 x 42.1 cm; (plate) 15.9 x 23.8 cm; (image borderline) 10.6 x 18.3 cm.

Numbered in plate above the image borderline: “229.”

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (lower left) “Appian 1866”.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “A. Appian sculp.”; (centre) “LE VILLAGE DE CHANAZ (Savoie)”; (right) “Imp. Delâtre, Rue St. Jacques, 303, Paris.”

State ii (of iii) proof before the addition of publication details for Cadart et Lauquet and later erasure of the plate number in the third state.

Curtis & Prouté 9 ii (Atherton Cutiis & Paul Prouté 1968, “Adolphe Appian son Oeuvre Gravé et Lithographié”, Paris, Paul Prouté, [n.p.] cat. no. 9 ii); Jennings 17 (Herbert H Jennings 1925, Adolphe Appian [essay] in “Print Collector’s Quarterly,” vol. 12, no. 1, p. 114, cat. no. 22 [scroll to page 114:]).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “Plate 229: view of fortifying walls on rocky hillside, beside river; from the fourth volume of prints produced by the Société des Aquafortistes. 1866 Etching” (

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed (faultless) impression with generously wide margins. Beyond minor surface marks and more notable marks verso, the sheet is in an excellent (near pristine) condition with no tears, holes, or folds.

I am selling this strong and poetically moody etching (at least to my eyes) featuring birds on the banks of what I believe is the Savière canal—a canal connecting the Rhône to Lac du Bourget in Southeast France—for the total cost of AU$312 (currently US$207.34/EUR192.64GBP169.37 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.

If you are interested in purchasing this especially fine etching executed by an artist with a strong personal vision and a close connection with the Barbizon School, 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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