Lot 65 of 350:
241 engraved plates by Jean-Honoré Fragonard  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$600
Estimate:
$400 - $600

Title:
Figures des Contes de La Fontaine gravées par Martial et destinées a orner l'édition Didot 1795
Author:
Fragonard, Honore and M. Martial.
Place:
Paris
Publisher:
Chez P. Rouquette
Date:
[c.1880]
Description:

Approximately 241 (out of 310) loose etched plates, some collected in wrappers. (Folio) 44x33 cm (17¼x12½"), housed together in cloth chemise. One of 100 copies of the second state, from a total edition of 400.

Originally issued with 310 plates, including 57 different subjects, each in 5 different states. Included as well were various states of the engraved title and portrait frontispiece. Only 21 of the 57 initial drawings by Fragonard actually appeared in the Didot edition of The Tales of La Fontaine for which the were created. All 57 were produced for this set, engraved by M. Martial. This copy lacks a number of plates, and most of those included are represented by three or four states, rather than the issued five. Different states of the frontispiece and engraved title are present. Not collated, sold as is. Scarce in any condition.

Jean-Honoré Fragonard was a French painter and printmaker whose late Rococo manner was distinguished by remarkable facility, exuberance, and hedonism

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Condition:
Fair amount of wear and staining to outer chemise; general light wear to plates, with toning, some edgewear, occasional dampstaining to margins; plates overall very good.
 
Item number:
290521
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