Pair Prints Richard Earlom Engraving After Jan Van Huysum A Flower Piece A Fruit Piece

Lovely pair of hand colored prints, probably classified as a mezzotint, after the art of Jan Van Huysum; from works originally titled "A Flower Piece" and "A Fruit Piece",. from the engraving interpretations by Richard Earlom. Although the lower border of the art makes these appear to be the old original mezzotints, our research shows these are of more recent vintage, circa 1980's we believe, with the chance of their being older. They are untitled on the prints, but are not untitled proofs to our knowledge. We unframed these for examination, finding the outer edges of the paper to be just too clean for the original printings from the late 1700's. They are in wonderful condition, with hand colored inner mats and fine outer mats. This particular set of prints was considered to be not only the finest but also most famous work of the engraver Richard Earlom, an English mezzotint engraver 1742-1822, copies of which are hanging in many museums around the world. We do not know the actual publisher of this particular set, as it is not marked anywhere on them, the name on the actual print being the information from the original prints. The local art gallery that framed these originally helped us with the identification. The old prints from the late 1700's are selling in the tens of thousands of dollars, so we spent a good amount of time in our research. So, unless the owner of these had them sealed hermetically in a vault for more than a century, we strongly believe these are not from the original printings. Please do not buy them thinking they are. However, these are extremely fine prints, with hand coloring, fine details faithful to the original, possibly printed from the original plates, and priced at less than what the prints probably sold for plus the framing value. Since these are almost always found as a pair, we are pricing and selling them as the pair, not for sale individually. The framed size is 28 & 1/2" by 35 & 1/4", the paper size 23 & 3/4" by 31", and the size of the color print 15" by 19 & 1/2". The original owner of this set passed away so we had no opportunity to ask where he found them, but we certainly had fun in researching these and they are twice as beautiful as the photos. Must ship via professional shipping due to size.

Item ID: 41541

$1,350 USD

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