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This is a very early 19th Century engraving, from the time of Napoleon I, circa 1810, fairly small, as often at the time, and showing a delightful scene with young women in Empire dresses playing an outdoors game.
The piece was published in the prestigious area of Paris called "Palais Royal", right across from Le Louvre Royal Palace.
It is signed "Rauch" in the lower right area, and is VERY rare.
So is the scene, which is enhanced with hand watercolor.
The game, popular at the time, is called "Main Chaude"
Here's a definition adapted from the French Wiktionnaire:
A game, where a person whose head is resting on someone else's knees, has her hand hit at the back and must guess who did it.
The young women are of course all grace and femininity, half nymphs, half society ladies, and they even have brought with them a cute dog! that you will love to discover under the tree.
A fantastic print, full of antique charm that will bring beauty and sophistication to any decor!
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 8 1/4". Width: 6".
(21 cm) by (15 cm)
Will be shipped "Expedited" from Paris (5-7 days) also called "Express International" under thick layers of cardboard, fully insured and with signature at delivery.
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Antique French EMPIRE Print With Watercolor 19th C Century LADIES Game Signed Very RARE!
$400 USD SOLD
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