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Blanchisseuses (Jeunesse passe vite vertu!) Laundresses (How quickly Youth Fades!) -  LEPERE

Blanchisseuses (Jeunesse passe vite vertu!) Laundresses (How quickly Youth Fades!)
AUGUSTE LEPERE
French, (1849-1918)
Soft ground etching with aquatint printed in colors, 1893, Stein & Karshan 41, Lotz-Brissonneau 91, edition 100. 15 1/2 x 9 1/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower right. Signed and numbered in blue crayon, lower right. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is fine apart from a tiny fox mark at the extreme top edge of the sheet. This impression was published by "L'Estampe Originale," (Plate 24, Album III), and bears their blindstamp in the lower left corner (Lugt 819).
$2,400

La Cathédrale de Rouen -  LEPERE

La Cathédrale de Rouen
AUGUSTE LEPERE
French, (1849-1918)
Wood engraving, 1888, Lotz-Brissonneau 177 (iii/III), edition 50. 20 x 12 1/2 in. Signed and titled in the block, lower right. ("Rouen...A. Lepere del. sc.") Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on a very thin Japanese paper. The margins are wide and the condition is fine. This masterpiece of wood engraving is one of Lepere's finest cathedral studies. A similar impression, also from the edition of 50, is in the Art Institute of Chicago.
$2,750

Départ pour la Chasse à Courre (Leaving for the Hunt) -  LUNOIS

Départ pour la Chasse à Courre (Leaving for the Hunt)
ALEXANDRE LUNOIS
French, (1863-1916)
Lithograph printed in colors, 1893, Not listed in I.F.F., Johnson 73, edition 100. 10 1/2 x 17 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a fine, fresh impression printed on thin white wove paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine other than for a tiny speck (ink?) in the lower left below the image. From the collection of Henri M. Petiet (Lugt 5031). (Note: We are offering with the above an impression of the unfinished print done in black and white only and a color proof with variant inking, both with slight condition issues.) This print was published by Vollard for l'Album d'Estampes Originales de la Galerie Vollard.
$1,800

Tennis Players (Joueuses de Tennis) -  LUNOIS

Tennis Players (Joueuses de Tennis)
ALEXANDRE LUNOIS
French, (1863-1916)
Lithograph printed in colors, circa 1895-1900, edition probably 100. 15 x 19 7/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression with fresh, vibrant colors. The paper is a thin Japanese and the margins are full. The condition is fine. Lunois excelled in the medium of color lithography and he produced some of the best work in France during the fin de siècle era.
$1,800

The Wave (La Vague) -  MAILLOL

The Wave (La Vague)
ARISTIDE MAILLOL
French, (1861-1944)
Woodcut, 1895-98, Guérin 8 (ii/II), edition 60. 6 3/4 x 7 5/8 in. Initialed in the block. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on Japon; rich in contrasts. The condition is excellent and the margins are full. From the collection of Henri M. Petiet (not in Lugt). This print was published by Petiet and bears his embossed stamp in the lower margin. This stellar Nabis image is inspired by Gauguin's bathers. A painting exists of a similar subject.
SOLD

Woman Crouching from the Back (Femme Accroupie de Dos) -  MAILLOL

Woman Crouching from the Back (Femme Accroupie de Dos)
ARISTIDE MAILLOL
French, (1861-1944)
Lithograph, 1925, Guérin 283, edition 100. 9 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. Signed in pencil with the artist's initial "M." Here we have a fine impression printed on smooth wove paper. The margins are full. The condition is very good apart from faint toning in the extreme edges of the sheet and a slightly toned area on the verso. This exemplary figurative work was published by Albert Morancé, Paris.
$900

Lola de Valence -  MANET

Lola de Valence
EDOUARD MANET
French, (1832-1883)
Etching and aquatint, 1863, Harris 33 (vi/VIII), Guérin 23, Fisher 25; edition unknown. 10 1/4 x 7 1/16 in. Signed in the plate lower left. Signed again below with the printed text, "Ed. Manet sculpt." This is a very fine impression printed on cream laid paper bearing a partial watermark, possibly "De Erven De Blauw." The margins are full. The condition is excellent apart from a couple of rust specks in the margins. According to Harris (revised edition, 1990), there were two different lifetime printings of this plate, this one for the Société des Aquafortistes, the first published printing (1863). The second printing was in 1872. "Imp. Delâtre, rue Saint-Jacques, 363, Paris," appears to the left of the printed verse, "Paris, Publié par A CADART & LUQUET, Editeurs, 79 Rue Richelieu" appears in the lower right, just below the image. The Cadart & Luquet blindstamp is also present in the lower margin, center. Number "67" appears in the upper right which refers to this as Plate 67 of Eaux-fortes modernes, 2nd year, 2nd issue. The subject of this lovely print is Lola Melea who was a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet of Madrid. The Ballet appeared in Paris in 1862 at the Hippodrome theatre and Manet asked the dance troupe to pose for him. He also executed an oil painting of the same subject as well as a lithographic sheet music cover. The painting is now in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
SOLD

Silence (Femme Cournnée d'épines) -  MARTIN

Silence (Femme Cournnée d'épines)
HENRI-JEAN GUILLAUME MARTIN
French, (1860-1943)
Lithograph printed in colors, 1897, I.F.F. 2, edition 100. 19 1/2 x 12 3/4 in. Signed on the stone, lower right. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on china paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. This work was published by Vollard for L'Album d'Estampes Originales de la Galerie Vollard. Silence is an outstanding example of symbolist printmaking in late 19th century France. Martin did very few prints and this is the finest. "The theme of silence was meant to suggest the inarticulate essence of the soul. Women were favored as subjects in art and often closely associated with death at the end of the 19th century.... The withered thistle, like her crown of thorns, denotes pain and death. The work's sense of confinement and isolation invokes the artistic notions of suffering and solitude, popular among Symbolist artists." (see page 43 of Strategic Ambiguity, The Obscure, Nebulous, and Vague in Symbolist Prints (2013), ed. by Carmen Vendelin. Included with this color impression is a trial proof printed in black and gray and a cancelled impression of the image in black ink only. Ex-collection: Henri M. Petiet (Lugt 5031).
SOLD

Nude in a Rocking Chair (Nu au Rocking Chair) -  MATISSE

Nude in a Rocking Chair (Nu au Rocking Chair)
HENRI MATISSE
French, (1869-1954)
Lithograph , 1913, Duthuit-Garnaud 410, Fribourg 368; edition 50. 19 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. Initialed on the stone, lower right. Signed and numbered in ink, lower right. This is a superb impression printed on cream colored simili-Japan paper. The sheet is full and untrimmed. The condition is very good. This exemplary, early work is from the celebrated collection of Henri M. Petiet and bears his stamp (H.M.P.) on the verso.
$12,000

The Orchestra -  MAURIN

The Orchestra
CHARLES MAURIN
French, (1856-1914)
Etching and aquatint printed in colors, 1893, Gounot 59, edition 100. 5 3/8 x 8 5/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed and numbered in blue pencil. This is a fine, rich impression with wide margins. The condition is very good apart from a suggestion of damp staining in the upper right margin. Impressions of this lovely print are in the Clark Art Museum and the Ackland Art Museum.
$1,400

La Coiffure -  MAURIN

La Coiffure
CHARLES MAURIN
French, (1856-1914)
Soft-ground etching with aquatint printed in colors, circa 1900-1910, edition 50. 12 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression with the colors fresh. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Maurin's superb and experimental color printmaking is illustrated and discussed in From Pissarro to Picasso, Color Etching in France (1992) by Cate and Grivel. He worked closely with Eugène Delâtre and the publishers Sagot and Vollard.
$1,200

La Galerie Notre Dame -  MERYON

La Galerie Notre Dame
CHARLES MERYON
French, (1821-1868)
Etching with engraving, 1853, Schneiderman 29 (iii/VI), Delteil-Wright 26 (iii/V); edition unknown. 11 x 6 7/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate. This is a superb, early, luminous impression of the very rare third state, before the the top borderline has been strengthened. The margins are full and the paper is a fine laid without a watermark. The condition is excellent other than for a modest little spot of discoloration in the lower margin and a tiny paper loss in the upper right corner of the sheet. This iconic image by Meryon is one of his finest prints. This impression is from the celebrated collection of Henri M. Petiet, Paris, and bears his stamp on the verso, lower left.
$8,000

L'Abside de Notre Dame (The Apse of Notre Dame) -  MERYON

L'Abside de Notre Dame (The Apse of Notre Dame)
CHARLES MERYON
French, (1821-1868)
Etching and drypoint, 1854, Scheiderman 45 (vi/IX), Delteil/Wright 38 (v/VIII); edition unknown. 6 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. Signed in the plate, lower left, below the image. This is a superb, luminous impression printed on a beautiful sheet of thin china paper. The margins are wide and probably this is the full, untrimmed sheet. The condition is fine apart from slight, old toning (and thinning) from earlier hinges at the top corner edges of the sheet. This iconic Meryon print is from the celebrated collections of B.B. MacGeorge (Lugt 394) and J.J. Heywood (Lugt 1276). Their collector marks are not evident on the print itself but the original Knoedler label from the frame indicates this impression is # 38 in the landmark 1917 catalogue and exhibition of Meryon prints from the MacGeorge Collection. As described in the catalogue, MacGeorge owned five impressions of L'Abside de Notre Dame and this one is "(d) Fifth state, chine." This impression is also cited in Delteil/Wright in his entry for the fifth state, "Mr. MacGeorge also had a proof on thin india paper." In addition, there's an old pencil inscription on the bottom of the margin which reads, "from the Heywood collection." (The Knoedler inventory number on the label also appears in pencil on the bottom margin.) This is an exceptional 19th century French etching with impeccable provenance.
SOLD

L'Ancien Louvre, Paris (The Old Louvre, Paris, after Zeeman) -  MERYON

L'Ancien Louvre, Paris (The Old Louvre, Paris, after Zeeman)
CHARLES MERYON
French, (1821-1868)
Etching, 1865-66, Schneiderman 96 (v/VI), Delteil-Wright (v/VI); edition unknown. 6 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. Unsigned. This is a fine impression printed on sturdy wove paper. The margins are wide. The condition is very good apart from toning along the top edge, verso, from an early adhesive and minor toning along the extreme bottom edge, verso. According to Delteil/Wright, "Meryon etched this plate from a painting by Zeeman in the Louvre, as a commission from the French Government, shortly before his second and final term in the asylum at Charenton, two years before his death. The etching was done on the back of the cancelled plate of the Petit Pont." This lifetime impression is from the collection of Alfred Morrison (Lugt 151). Morrison (1821-1897) was a prominent collector of his time.
$2,000

La Tour de l'Horloge (The Clock Tower) -  MERYON

La Tour de l'Horloge (The Clock Tower)
CHARLES MERYON
French, (1821-1868)
Etching with engraving, 1852 and later, Schneiderman 23 (iv/X), Delteil-Wright iv/X); edition unknown. 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. Initialed in the plate, upper right. This is a superb, luminous impression on cream laid paper with the watermark "D & C BLAUW." The margins are good measuring about 3/4" on all sides. The condition is fine other than for a tiny, imperceptible pinhole/paper imperfection in the smoke between the clock tower and the first turret. This stellar impression is from the collection of Sir Francis Seymour Haden (Lugt 3938) with his pencil initials on front of the sheet, lower right. Delteil-Wright notes that Haden purchased a fifth state impression from Delâtre for the Victoria & Albert Museum in December, 1860.
$7,500

Paysage Feocial -  MEUNIER

Paysage Feocial
HENRI MEUNIER
French, (1873-1922)
Etching with aquatint, 1901, edition unknown. 10 1/8 x 15 3/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate and signed in pencil below the image at right. A superb, atmospheric impression in very good condition. Full margins. Minor soft handling creases in the margin at right. This stunning landscape with castle is a fine example of style and technical finesse from the early 20th century
SOLD

La Cardeuse (Woman Carding Wool) -  MILLET

La Cardeuse (Woman Carding Wool)
JEAN-FRANCOIS MILLET
French, (1814-1875)
Etching, 1855-56, Melot 15, only state, edition unknown. 10 1/8 x 6 7/8 in. Unsigned as usual. This is a very fine impression printed on thin, antique laid paper without watermark. The margins are substantial measuring about 1" on all sides. The condition is quite good with just the slightest trace of discoloration along the opening of a previous mat. This impression is better than most we've seen.
SOLD

Man Leaning on a Spade (L'homme Appuye sur sa Beche) -  MILLET

Man Leaning on a Spade (L'homme Appuye sur sa Beche)
JEAN-FRANCOIS MILLET
French, (1814-1875)
Etching, before 1848, Melot 3, Delteil 3; only state. Edition unknown. 3 1/4 x 2 11/16 in. Unsigned as usual. This fine, crisp impression is printed on medium Japanese paper. The margins are full measuring about 1" to 1 3/4" all around. The condition is excellent. This appealing, early work by Millet foreshadows his larger more detailed work of similar peasant subjects shown laboring in the fields. The edition sizes of Millet etchings are generally unknown.
$1,850

Musical Monster -  MORTIMER

Musical Monster
JOHN HAMILTON MORTIMER
British, (1740-1779)
Etching, 1778, Edition unknown. 9 3/8 x 6 3/4 in. Signed in the plate. A fine impression printed prior to the edition by T. Palser in 1816. Very good condition other than a small waterstain in the lower left margin corner, well away from the image. Full margins with a deckle all around. Without watermark.
$750

Reclining Female Nude (Liegender Weiblicher Akt) -  ORLIK

Reclining Female Nude (Liegender Weiblicher Akt)
EMIL ORLIK
Czech, (1870-1932)
Drypoint, 1911, Galerie Glockner 176, edition 100 printed in 1921. 6 1/2 x 14 3/4 in. Signed and dated in pencil (1911). This is a fine impression on cream wove paper. The margins are probably full and the condition is quite good apart from minor handling creases showing mostly in the bottom margin. Orlik was a versatile printmaker and this classic study demonstrates his skills as a draftsman par excellence.
$1,300

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