18th Century Engravings are rare and this one is truly devine.
Untitled..the subject is Chinese, and Engravings with an Oriental theme from this period are doubly rare.
From the publication 'Suite de Figures Chinoises' it features a young man and woman on a terrace, under a Wysteria draped arbour, sharing a seat in the garden. They are quietly reading the same book. It is a very serene scene with a beautiful garden in the background and captures the atmosphere of tranquillity perfectly.
Printed in deep black ink on dark cream (buff) hand-made paper, it is one of several designs featuring the same young couple from a collected series of Engelbrechts Engravings c1750-56, that is housed in the archives of the Metropolitan Museum, New York.
From a design by French Painter Francois Boucher (1703-1770) it was Engraved by the German Baroque copper-plate Engraver and Publisher Martin Engelbrecht (1684-1756) and signed in the print..Boucher in, lower left and Mart. Engelbrecht ex, lower right.
Thought by experts to be one of Boucher's earliest Chinoiserie drawings (c1730-35), the original drawing is to be found in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris and one of the series was sold recently by Sotheby's for $74,00.500 USD..making this Original 18th Century Engraving a rather affordable option.
There are no margins and the Engraving measures 8 1/2" x 11".
With some slight foxing and a water mark verso it is in very good Antique condition.
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