Engraving on tissue-thin paper, 8 5/8" by 11 3/4" (13" by 16 1/4" in simple modern black/gold frame), the subject a cartouche-filled ornate margin, the central image consisting of a palace at left, and horses and numerous figures at right center, the artist's name (spelled as "le Potre" and "fecit") at lower center. This is one of about 1,500 engravings made by the artist, commonly known as "Le Pautre" or "Lepautre". According to a wikipedia entry, Le Pautre was a 17th century designer and engraver. Apprenticed to a carpenter and builder, he was a talented craftsman, able to create ceilings, friezes, chimney-pieces, doorways, murals, as well as cabinetry, mirrors, sideboards, and other ornamented furniture. Subject matter of the engravings, many of which are in the collection of the Getty Research Institute, includes historical, mythological and biblical material. Arabesques and cartouches are typical of his works. Le Pautre made a number of designs for Boulle the furniture maker. This print is in very good condition, with a small dark inky spot in a cloud at center and a slightly ragged edge at upper right corner. A more impressive frame would make this a more impressive print. .
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