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1875 Woodcut Paul Philippoteaux Pierre Corneille Hotel Rambouillet Salon XEA6

1875 Woodcut Paul Philippoteaux Pierre Corneille Hotel Rambouillet Salon XEA6

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This is an original 1875 black and white woodcut of an illustration by French artist Paul Philippoteaux which depicts dramatist Pierre Corneille reading one of his new plays to a large gathering at the Hôtel Rambouillet, residence of Madame de Rambouillet and noted literary salon during the 17th century. The women of the salon referred to each other as Les Précieuses (The Precious Ones), and were noted for always wearing blue stockings. Famous comedic playwright Moliére later mocked them in the play Les Précieuses Ridicules (The Ridiculous Precious Women) for both the weird behaviors and the absurdly delicate language they employed whilst in their salon.


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

  • Product Type: Original Woodcut; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 5.5 x 8 inches; 14 x 20 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, P.. Artist signature in print - bottom right of image.

Keywords specific to this image: France, dress