Tea , wherever , whenever , but  excellently !

Desrais, Claude-Louis (1746 Paris 1816). Le Thé à l’Anglaise. Company of nine at tea at the oval table with the tea-urn in the center. Besides the small cans for milk & lemon, candy & pastry bowl. Drunk out of high cups, but aside of these there are also two champagne glasses. Colored engraving by Florion. Last quarter of the 18th century. Inscribed: Desrais del / Florion sculp / A Paris chez Basset M(archan)d d’Estampes et Fabricant de Papiers peints Rue St. Jacques No 670, otherwise as above. Subject size 9⅝ × 14¼ in (24.4 × 36.3 cm).

Fine  depiction

Claude-Louis Desrais, Thé à l'Anglaise

of  tea  drinking

and  as  such  generally  rare

of also historico-cultural significance. Desrais – “one of the best-known fashion draughtsmen of the time” (Fürstenberg, 1929). And “one of the busiest illustrators of the last third of the 18th century (in addition), D. has chiefly become known for his small-size fashion plates and gallant depictions which were mostly used as almanac illustrations … and were engraved (by others)” (Thieme-Becker IX [1913], 149 f.). Here then, however,

one  of  his  large-size  sheets  in  adequate  coloring

only  making  the  full  charm  tangible

in the engraving of the not further provable Florion, who probably is identical to the renown sculptor of the same name known likewise only by the surname, who is confirmed for Paris for 1789-1793.

Extending Thieme-Becker the Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon (XXVI [2000], 429) sees in Desrais besides the presumable

“ initiator of the stylist(ical) rejuvenation, by which the ill(ustration) of the rococo draws to a close (and who) … thereby (paves) the way for other artists ”.

On light blue-greyish paper trimmed within the wide platemark with lateral white margins 3.2-3.9 cm, top margin 1.9-2.3 cm wide, and still a few millimeter below the fineprint printer’s address. – On the back small customs and figurative collection stamps (not in Lugt). – Two small corner backings. Particularly the right white margin a little creasy, and the left white margin with a touch of browning, both towards the far parts. Irrespective of this slight patina generally of fair condition.

Offer no. 15,671 / EUR  630. / export price EUR  599. (c. US$ 724.) + shipping

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