Lot 231: JEAN-FRANÇOIS JANINET Marie Antoinette d''Autriche, Reine de France et de Navarre.

Swann Auction Galleries

November 3, 2016
New York, NY, US

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Description: JEAN-FRANÇOIS JANINET
Marie Antoinette d''Autriche, Reine de France et de Navarre.

Color wash-manner etching and engraving with overprinting in gold ink, printed on 2 adhered sheets, 1777. The oval image: 255x205 mm; 10x8 1/8 inches; ahdered onto the decorative frame sheet: 408x315 mm; 16x12 3/8 inches. Third state (of 3). Ex-collection Frederic R. Halsey (Lugt 1308, verso). A superb impression of this important, exceedingly scarce, 18th century French color print.

We have found only 5 other impressions at auction in the past 30 years.

The decorative frame was printed in colors with overprinting in gold ink on a full sheet with the central oval left blank. The portrait was printed in colors, from separate plates, and then trimmed to fit the blank oval and pasted down within the frame.

Janinet learned the technique of printing with gold from Louis-Marin Bonnet. Very few impressions of this portrait embellished with gold ink survive; shortly after Janinet first published this print, the process of printing with gold was declared an illegal technique in France. Portalis/Béraldi 132.
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