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1875 Woodcut Paul Philippoteaux Madame Maintenon Marie Adelaide Court XEA6

1875 Woodcut Paul Philippoteaux Madame Maintenon Marie Adelaide Court XEA6

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This is an original 1875 black and white woodcut of an illustration by French artist Paul Philippoteaux which depicts the lively Marie-Adélaïde, Duchess of Burgundy, sitting on the lap of Madame de Maintenon. The Duchess was married to King Louis XIV's eldest grandson, the Grand Dauphin. What her husband lacked in intelligence and humor, she made up for. She had a close relationship with Madame de Maintenon, and was often described as being a breath of fresh air to the dullness of court. Fortunately, she didn't live long enough to see her husband pass, as she died a week before him of measles. Her son went on to be King Louis XV.

CONDITION

This 136+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. No natural defects.No surface rub.No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is a blind emboss mark in the upper left corner.

  • Product Type: Original Woodcut; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 6 x 8.5 inches; 15 x 22 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

This image was selected from a collection of woodcuts and steel engravings prolifically depicting scenes from French history, ranging from ancient Gaul to Charlemagne and his wars, to Joan of Arc and Marie Antoinette. Historically important for French archivists, these images are extremely rare to locate and are virtually unseen individually. Period Paper is pleased to present these beautifully preserved images, which would make an ideal addition to any French lover's collection. To view more images from this portfolio, please click on the link offered below the condition paragraph.

This piece was illustrated by Philippoteaux, Paul. There is no visible artist signature.

Philippoteaux, Paul

Paul Philippoteaux (1846 _ 1923) was a Parisian artist who studied at the Collège Henri-IV and frequented both his father's studio as well as those of other artists. He is most famous for his incredible cycloramas, with his masterpiece being The Battle of Gettysburg, an enormous painting which was not only over one hundred yards long, but weighed over six tons and included items such as trees, fences, and stone walls when it was originally displayed.

Keywords specific to this image: dress, lap, affection, love, motherly, writing desk, 17th century

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