SARAH SAUVIN Gallery specializes in selected fine prints by old and modern masters from the 15th to the 20th century. We present each year two catalogues on our website sarah-sauvin.com. We have sold prints to collectors and to museums and institutions all over the world, including Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery of Art in Washington, British Museum in London, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva, Bibliothèque nationale de France and Fondation Custodia in Paris. To be kept informed about our new online listing of prints or new catalogue, please send us an email. We welcome customers by appointment in Paris.
'Sculptura in æs', after Johannes Stradanus
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Among some recent acquisitions that we present here, three are particularly noteworthy. Firstly, we are very pleased to present a superb impression of the famous print 'Sculptura in æs', engraved ca. 1591 after a drawing by Johannes Stradanus, which is the first detailed and realistic depiction of an engraving workshop. This impression is the rare first state (of 4) before the number 19 in the lower left margin. We present also one of the rare copies of the 'Lettre sur les éléments de la gravure à l’eau-forte' [Letter on the Elements of Etching] etched by Adolphe Martial Potémont, which was published in 1864. The set is complete with its cover featuring the trompe l'oeil letter. With this little treatise Martial Potémont actively participated in the revival of etching in France, supported by the creation of the Société des Aquafortistes in 1862. We will finally point out an interesting and very rare mezzotint by John Young depicting the black boxer Tom Molineux, who was born into slavery in Maryland and who won his freedom by boxing. He became one of the legendary bare-knuckle boxing champions, first in New York in 1809 and then in London in 1810. The notes of these engravings and some others about printmaking can be found in the pdf file to download at the top left of this page.
Johannes STRADANUS (after)
Sculptura in æs [The Invention of Copper Engraving]
20,3 x 27,4 cm
Rare impression of the 1st state (of 4), before the number 19 in the lower left margin. Superb impression printed on laid watermarked paper (watermark: gothic P). In excellent condition. Sculptura in æs is part of a series of twenty engravings titled 'Nova Reperta'. It is the first detailed and realistic depiction of an engraving workshop. (Read the full description in the Worklist PDF).
New Hollstein (Johannes Stradanus) 341, 1st state (of 4)
Jeune dessinateur [The Young Draughtsman]
21,1 x 15,6 cm
Chalck-manner printed in red and black inks
Very fine impression of this rare print engraved after a drawing by François Boucher, one of the first drawings of the 18th century to represent a young artist holding portfolios and drawing or painting instruments.
De Leymarie 188, IFF 188, Jean-Richard 755
59,7 x 47 cm
Very scarce and fine impression printed on laid paper. John Young depicts the black boxer Tom Molineux, who was born into slavery in Maryland. He won his freedom by boxing and became one of the legendary bare-knuckle boxing champions. (Read the full description in the Worklist PDF).
Chaloner Smith 55
'Molineux', John Young
'The Seller of Lithographic drawing', Nicolas-Toussaint Charlet
Adolphe Martial POTÉMONT, known as Martial
Lettre sur les éléments de la gravure à l’eau-forte [Letter on the Elements of Etching]
20,1 x 16,4 cm
Very rare complete series of four plates contained in a folder with an etched frontispiece. With this little treatise Martial Potémont actively participated in the revival of etching in France, supported by the creation of the Société des Aquafortistes in 1862. (Read the full description in the Worklist PDF).
Guérard working at his press - Invitation for the Dîner Dentu
12,1 x 16,2 cm
Etching and roulette
Very fine impression printed in red and black on laid paper. In perfect condition. In the background, Henri Guérard can be seen printing his prints while his faithful companion, the dog Azor, stands guard on the doorstep. (Read the full description in the Worklist PDF).
Beraldi 33, Bertin 387, 3rd state (of 3)
'Molineux', John Young