LOUIS JEAN DESPREZ
1743 - 1804
LA CHIMÈRE DE MONSIEUR DESPREZ (WOLLIN 22; BAUDICOUR 6)
Etching, 1777-84, a bright, clear impression of this rare print, though the overbitten areas just starting to show in the densely hatched areas, on paper with a partial indistinct watermark (probably Auvergne), lacking the text, unframed
sheet: 280 by 360mm 11 by 14⅛in
Trimmed to the image, in generally good condition apart from an unobtrusive tear extending diagonally from the upper left sheet edge to the upper centre (measuring approx. 21cm) with small Japan repairs recto, supported by tape verso, a further very short repaired tear at lower right sheet edge (measuring approx. .5cm), unframed.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.
Ex coll. Charles-Frédéric Mewès (L. 4171)