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1883 Wood Engraving Gustave Dore Old Woman Servants La Fontaine Rooster Dead GD1

1883 Wood Engraving Gustave Dore Old Woman Servants La Fontaine Rooster Dead GD1

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This is an original 1883 monochrome wood engraving that depicts a scene from one of La Fontaine's tales, La Vieille et les Deux Servantes (The Old Woman and her Two Servants). In an attempt to get a few extra hours of sleep, they killed the rooster whose cries had been waking them. Unfortunately for them, the old mistress could be just as brutal in the mornings.

CONDITION

This 128+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Moderate aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Wood Engraving; Monochrome
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 9 x 11.75 inches; 23 x 30 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)

Period Paper is really, really excited to be able to offer a rare collection showcasing the talented wood engraving expertise of artist Gustave Doré. From the antics of Don Quixote to the somber passing of Dante through the circles of hell, the depth and detail is absolutely astounding. Each of these large pieces is in very fine to near mint condition, and would look stunning framed. Truly an instant conversation piece.

This piece was illustrated by DorŽ, Paul Gustave. Artist signature in print - bottom left of image.

Paul Gustave Doré (1832Ð1883)

Doré was an incredibly talented French artist, best known for his wood and steel engravings. As a child growing up in Strasbourg, he constantly got into trouble for his elaborate pranks, which in hindsight were a testament to his extremely creative mind. Among others, he illustrated editions of such notable works as the Holy Bible, Don Quixote, and the writings of Lord Byron.

Keywords specific to this image: fable, candle, crack of dawn

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