Edgar Degas
Title: Mlle Nathalie Wolkonska
Medium:
Original Etching , Second state,1860 on cream medium weight paper
Size:
25 x 33 cms (paper) Image: 9 x 12 cms
Reference:
Reed & Shapeiro Edgar (Degas, the Painter as printmaker) No 12, page 35
Condition:
Good Framed
Note 1:A later striking from the cancelled plate Note 2:The identity of the sitter is still problematic (See Adehamar 14 for a reference in an 1860 directory to a Wolkonski family with a Paris address). The etching was probably made in Paris in 1860-61 while Degas was completing a major portrait painting of the Bellini family (Lemoisne 79). The figure type, face and costume of the sitter bear a general resemblance to Giovanni Bellelli, Degas young cousin seen at left of the painting, suggesting a similar date of execution. The static, formal pose, the studio like setting, and the sharp contrast in tonal values indicate that a photograph may have served as a model for the etching.

Price £:
500

Title: The Laundresses
Medium:
Original Etching and aquatint , Fourth state,1879/80
Size:
Plate size : 118 x 160 mms. Paper size 420 x 280 mms
Reference:
Reed & Shapeiro Edgar (Degas, the Painter as printmaker) No 48, page 149, Delteil 37 ; Adhemar 32
Condition:
In good condition with some creasing on the outer right hand side margins not affecting the image. Framed

1) A later striking from the cancelled plate showing cancellation marks 2)The subject matter, although unique in the artists oeuvre, does relate to other etchings from this period in the examination of space. The etching was made on a daguerreotype plate. The fourth state exhibits considerable scraping of the image, especially on the seated laundress, the chair, cat, stovepipe and wall to the left of the doorway. Only 8 impressions are known of this state. 3)Our piece as mentioned before comes from a cancelled plate. There were later impressions from cancelled plates made of some of this artists prints by the famous art publisher Ambroise Vollard but our piece is not one of those series. Vollard did include this print in the oeuvre in his edition of 120 on Japan Paper made in 1919/20 measuring 323 x 250 mms. His impressions are noted for being rather pale. For a discussion on those pieces see "Una Johnson 'Ambroise Vollard; Prints, books, bronzes' The Museum of Modern Art, New York, page 131, no 28. Our piece was made by Frank Perls Gallery of 350 N Camden Drive, Beverley Hills, California and was one of 26 etchings made in a limited edition at that time. These were printed by Lacouriere in Paris on Vieux Japan paper. The pieces from the small edition (quantity unstipulated) were made with the printers blindstamp but a number of additional printers proofs were made, of which ours is an example, without this blindstamp. The piece must be a rarity since it is hardly ever seen. Details of the edition were published in a scarce leaflet of which we have a copy entitled "Twenty six original copperplates engraved by Degas" . A copy of this work, if required, will be sold with the etching. In the forward Frank Perls states that the copper plates "are exhibited here for the first time. They were acquired by me recently from a friend of the Degas-Fevre family". Marguerite De Gas Fevre was the artists younger sister who he etched in 1860/62 (Delteil 17, Reed & Shapeiro 14 - included in the group).

Price £:
900