Antique Mezzotint Engraving Signed Arthur L. Cox Fragonard LOVER CROWNED

From a wonderful, high-end estate we bring you this beautiful, framed and signed Mezzotint Engraved - Lithograph Print.

Titled The Crowning of Love by Jean M. Fragonard***

Engraved & signed by Arthur L. Cox*

Art itself measures 12" by 18", and was engraved by one of England's most important turn-of-the-century engravers. He often recreated Jean-Honore Fragonard's work. Fragonard's original painting was actually called 'THE LOVER CROWNED' and it is dated 1771, and our research shows it was, and may still be at the Frick museum in NYC. There is also a noteworthy embossed 'stamp' which is small and hard to notice... but nonetheless it appears as a seal of authenticity.... We could only make out, with 30x magnifiers: OZ IL * unfortunately it's not very easily photographed - especially as it is under the glass... (it is in lower - left hand corner - in the border.)

In 1771, Fragonard was commissioned to paint a series of panels for the chateau at Louveciennes, the "love nest" of Madame du Barry, the beautiful mistress of Louis XV. His assigned theme was "The Progress of Love," and Fragonard selected to illustrate a variety of stratagems and tactics which lovers have always used. Like its companion piece, the "Meeting", this panel is set in a luscious, albeit imaginary garden. Its title is "The Lover Crowned," and while it may describe only the delicate pose which the couple strike for their friend to sketch, the obvious erotic implications are that the young man has received more than just a crown.

These beautiful pictures, however, were returned by Mme du Barry and it seems that artistic taste was already turning against Fragonard's lighthearted style. He tried unsuccessfully to adapt himself to the new Neoclassical vogue, but in spite of the admiration and support of David he was ruined by the Revolution and died in poverty.

Overall very nice condition. Note slight staining on matte on upper right - see photo

Please note this item sits on our showroom floor and is subject to sale at any time. We do our best to update our online records accordingly.

Item ID: L-113

Antique Mezzotint Engraving Signed Arthur L. Cox Fragonard LOVER CROWNED

Antique Mezzotint Engraving Signed Arthur L. Cox Fragonard LOVER CROWNED
Antique Mezzotint Engraving Signed Arthur L. Cox Fragonard LOVER CROWNED
Antique Mezzotint Engraving Signed Arthur L. Cox Fragonard LOVER CROWNED
Antique Mezzotint Engraving Signed Arthur L. Cox Fragonard LOVER CROWNED
Antique Mezzotint Engraving Signed Arthur L. Cox Fragonard LOVER CROWNED
Antique Mezzotint Engraving Signed Arthur L. Cox Fragonard LOVER CROWNED
Antique Mezzotint Engraving Signed Arthur L. Cox Fragonard LOVER CROWNED
Antique Mezzotint Engraving Signed Arthur L. Cox Fragonard LOVER CROWNED
Antique Mezzotint Engraving Signed Arthur L. Cox Fragonard LOVER CROWNED

From a wonderful, high-end estate we bring you this beautiful, framed and signed Mezzotint Engraved - Lithograph Print.

Titled The Crowning of Love by Jean M. Fragonard***

Engraved & signed by Arthur L. Cox*

Art itself measures 12" by 18", and was engraved by one of England's most important turn-of-the-century engravers. He often recreated Jean-Honore Fragonard's work. Fragonard's original painting was actually called 'THE LOVER CROWNED' and it is dated 1771, and our research shows it was, and may still be at the Frick museum in NYC. There is also a noteworthy embossed 'stamp' which is small and hard to notice... but nonetheless it appears as a seal of authenticity.... We could only make out, with 30x magnifiers: OZ IL * unfortunately it's not very easily photographed - especially as it is under the glass... (it is in lower - left hand corner - in the border.)

In 1771, Fragonard was commissioned to paint a series of panels for the chateau at Louveciennes, the "love nest" of Madame du Barry, the beautiful mistress of Louis XV. His assigned theme was "The Progress of Love," and Fragonard selected to illustrate a variety of stratagems and tactics which lovers have always used. Like its companion piece, the "Meeting", this panel is set in a luscious, albeit imaginary garden. Its title is "The Lover Crowned," and while it may describe only the delicate pose which the couple strike for their friend to sketch, the obvious erotic implications are that the young man has received more than just a crown.

These beautiful pictures, however, were returned by Mme du Barry and it seems that artistic taste was already turning against Fragonard's lighthearted style. He tried unsuccessfully to adapt himself to the new Neoclassical vogue, but in spite of the admiration and support of David he was ruined by the Revolution and died in poverty.

Overall very nice condition. Note slight staining on matte on upper right - see photo

Please note this item sits on our showroom floor and is subject to sale at any time. We do our best to update our online records accordingly.

Item ID: L-113

$249 USD

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