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Thursday 14 March 2024

François Bonvin, “Les Instruments de L'Eau-Forte”, 1861 (2nd impression)

François Bonvin (1817–1887)

“Les Instruments de L'Eau-Forte” (aka “Etching Tools” [MET title]), 1861, proof impression before the addition of publication details (compare with the proof impression held by the MET:, plate 1 (frontispiece) to the series of six plates, “Six eaux-fortes, dessinées et gravées par F. Bonvin, Peintre” (aka “Première suite d'eaux-fortes”), printed by Auguste Delâtre (aka Auguste Marie Delâtre) (1822–1907) and published by Alfred Cadart (1828–1875) in Paris.

Etching on laid paper with partial “Arches” watermark.

Size: (sheet) 43.6 x 30.8 cm; (plate) 22.5 x 14.7 cm; (image borderline) 21.8 x 14.3 cm.

Beraldi 2.1 (Henri Béraldi 1885, “Les graveurs du XIXe siècle: Guide de l'amateur d'estampes modernes: BELLANGÉ–BOVINET”, vol. II, Paris, Librairie L. Conquet, cat. no. 2.1, p. 164 []); IFF 6 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Départment des Estampes. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, vol. 3, p. 136, cat. no. 6.1 ([see]).

See also the description of this print offered by the Musees Paris (The Museums of the City of Paris):

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed impression in near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or signs of handling and generously wide margins.

I am selling this masterwork of etching showing a still-life arrangement of the implements used in etching—viz. paper in the foreground with a dabber resting on it; Tarlatan on the far left; bottles of acid, turpentine and oil with a funnel placed in one of them; prepared ground and ink on a sheet of glass; etching needles with possibly long tapers on the left—for AU$391 in total (currently US$256.77/EUR236/GBP201.56 at the time of posting 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 remarkably fine etching, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

Note that this is the second impression of this etching I have listed (the previous copy has been sold).

This print has been sold

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