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Thursday 19 October 2023

Leon Dansaert’s etching, “La Rentrée du Pierrot”, 1863

Leon Dansaert (aka Leon Marie Constant Dansaert) (1830–1909)

“La Rentrée du Pierrot” (The Return of the Pierrot), 1863, plate 40 from the series, “Eaux-Fortes Modernes”, published in Paris by A. Cadart & Luquet (fl.1863–1867) in the first volume of prints produced by the Société des Aquafortistes, printed by Auguste Delâtre (aka Auguste Marie Delâtre) (1822–1907).

Etching on heavy laid paper with wide margins and blind stamped with the seal of the publisher (A. Cadart & Luquet).

Size: (sheet) 46.1 x 31.9 cm; (plate) 33.6 x 23 cm; (image borderline) 22.3 x 16.6 cm.

Numbered in plate above the image borderline: (right corner) “40”.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (lower left corner) “L. Dans[aert]”.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “L. Dansaert sculpt.”; (centre) “LA RENTREE DU PIERROT./ Paris, Publié par A. CADART & F. CHEVALIER, Editeurs, Rue Richelieu, 66.”; (right) “Imp. Delâtre, Rue St. Jacques, 3o3, Paris.”

Blindstamped below the platemark: (centre) “A. Cadart & Luquet/ Editeurs/ 79. R[ue]. Richelieu”.

The British Museum offers a description of this print:

Condition: a richly inked impression with generously wide margins in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or significant stains.

I am selling this darkly luminous and poetically beautiful etching showing the famous pantomime character, Pierrot, holding a candle that softly illuminates the scene as he leans against a door after losing the love-of-his-life, Columbine, for AU$256 in total (currently US$171.11/EUR154.82/GBP136.29 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 romantic etching exemplifying the late 19th century fascination with the effects of light, 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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