1875 Woodcut Alphonse Neuville Jacques Coeur Bourges Hostel Architecture XEA6

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This is an original 1875 black and white woodcut of an illustration by French artist Alphonse de Neuville which depicts one of Jacques Coeur's many properties, this one being a hostel in Bourges. King Charles VII named him Master of the Mint, which in hindsight was probably a mistake. Although a brilliant merchant, he created a monopoly on a variety of different trade goods, and became so wealthy that nobleman were coming to him for money instead of the Crown. As a result, he had a lot of enemies. His downfall occured after the death of the King's mistress, Agnès, was pinned on him, and all of his assets were seized. There was no proof, but enough people in power owed him money that none was needed.

CONDITION

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 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 De Neuville, Alphonse. There is no visible artist signature.

De Neuvile, Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe

Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville (1835 Ð 1885) was a French painter who specialized in very patriotic historical scenes with subjects such as the Franco-Prussian War, the Crimean War and the Zulu War. He originally joined the naval school in Lorient, France, but he soon realized that his primary passion was art. After his death, several of his pieces were acquired for the Luxembourg Palace in Paris.

Keywords specific to this image: tracery, Middle Ages, Medieval

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