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Production People
Jacques Androuet Du Cerceau (Print made by)artist bio
Du Cerceau, Jacques Androuet
b ?Paris, c. 1515; d ?Annecy, 1585
Title / Description
Grotesques, from the Livre de Grotesques, Grandes Grotesques
 
Date
1566
 
Technique
etching
Material
paper
Dimensions
167 x 234 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
no
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
Országos Képtár (Hungarian National Gallery) (Lugt 2000)
 
References
Guilmard 1801, no. 10.4 (1) info
Désiré Guilmard, Les Maitres Ornemanistes: Écoles Française, Italienne, Allemande et des Pays-Bas (Flamande et Hollandaise), Paris 1801

Linzeler in IFF 1932, p. 67 info
André Linzeler, Inventaire du fonds français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes, vol. 2, Paris 1932
 
Comment
It is not completely clear whether all the prints of this group, entered here under this series name, belong to the 'Livre de Grotesques' or not. The 'Livre de Grotesques de Iacques Androuet dict Du Cerceau. A Paris, De l'imprimerie d'André Wechel, 1566', also known as 'Grandes Grotesques', is a set dedicated to Renée de France (daughter of Louis XII, duchess of Ferrara and Chartres), formed by at least thirty-five ornament plates and published in 1566. A later edition contained 36 pieces. In the preface to the set, Androuet explained that his prints could serve goldsmiths, painters, stonecutters, carpenters and other craftsmen 'to refresh their minds and to use each in their art, as it suits them'. He also noted that some of his designs came from the chateau at Monceaux-en-Brie, while others from Fontainebleau, and the rest were his own inventions. The plates, apart from the title and the dedication, were reissued by Charles-Antoine Jombert in 1765.
 
Inventory Number
5907
 
Classification
Prints: French: 16th century: Mounted I
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