Current Inventory by Honore Daumier

Little Drunk -un petit pochard!

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879), vlà un petit pochard!, lithograph, 1842, plate 42 from the series Moeurs Conjugales, published in Le Charivari, and the Album Moeurs Conjugales (1839-42). Reference: Daumier Register 665, second state (of 3), in good condition apart from a short (repaired) tear upper edge well away from image, slight browning, 11 1/4 x 8, the sheet 13 1/2 x 10 inches. A good impression, sur blanc (on firm white wove paper without the letterpress verso). Translation from the Daumier Register: Original Text: En vlà un petit pochard! il vous avale ça comme du lait! pauvre chou…. c’est tout le […]

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ILS REVIENNENT DE PLUMER LES CANARDS

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  Honore Daumier (1808-1879), ILS REVIENNENT DE PLUMER LES CANARDS, 1846, lithograph, Reference: Daumier Register 1185, second state (of 2), plate 97 from the series LES BEAUX JOURS DE LA VIE, published in an album of that name (1843-6) and in Le Charivari.  In generally good condition, some fox marks, a repaired tear upper left corner not near matrix, hinged along the left edge. 11 1/4 x 9, the sheet 13 1/4 x 10 inches.  A good impression of this evocative composition; two rather well dressed older men apparently satisfied that they have taken advantage of someone. A sur blanc impression, […]

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POIDS ET MESURES

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  Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Poids et Mesures, lithograph, plate 8 from the series ACTUALITÉS, published in La Caricature, 2e série, nr. 5 in 1840. Reference: Daumier Register 791, second state (of 4), before the number 8 was added. In good condition, hinged along the left margin, 11 1/2 x 8 1/2, the sheet 13 1/4 x 9 5/8 inches. A very good impression. The indispensable Daumier Register explains the background of this print: “The law of July 4, 1837 brought the introduction of the metric system to France from January 1840 on. As early as 1790, the Academy of Science […]

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Mon Cher Ami

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  Honore Daumier (1808-1879),Mon Cher Ami, lithograph, 1838, plate 4 from the series CROQUIS D’EXPRESSIONS . Reference: Daumier Register 469, second state (of 2).  Published in Le Charivari in 1838; in the publication Musée pour Rire in 1839-40. In generally satisfactory condition, with binding holes along upper edge. A relatively weak but still satisfactory impression, sur blanc on cream wove paper. We considered the possibility that this is from the Musée pour Rire publication of 150 caricatures, but unlike the reprints from that publication this impression has the title of the series at the top, and the printing at the […]

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L’OEIL DU MAÎTRE (The Master’s Eye)

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879), L’OEIL DU MAÎTRE, lithograph, 1842, published in Le Charivari in 1842. Reference: Daumier Register 681, second state (of 3). From the series Moeurs Conjugales, plate 58. In good condition (remains of prior hinging verso), a sur blanc impression, on sturdy wove paper without the letterpress verso, 11 x 8, 13 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches. A very good impression of this curious subject. The indispensible  Daumier Register notes that “The comedy “L’Oeil de Verre” (The glass eye) was written by M. Léon and first shown in the Vaudeville Theatre on September 15, 1840.” Here is the translation […]

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Petit Gredin (Little Brat)

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  Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Eh. Eh? petit gredin, lithograph, 1840, published in Le Charivari in 1840. Reference: Daumier Register 649, third state (of 4). From the series Moeurs Conjugales, plate 26. A sur blanc impression. In generally satisfactory condition, with two repaired tears right edge, nick lower left, slight toning, remains of prior hinging verso. 11 x 8, the sheet 13 3/8 10 1/4 inches. A good impression of this comical scene. Translation from the Daumier Register: Original Text: Eh. Eh? petit gredin, vous en ferez aussi des moutards, vous avez déja des yeux de scélérat. Vous serez comme votre […]

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Une Partie de Campagne

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Une Partie de Campagne, lithograph, 1842, plate 59 from the series Moeurs Conjugales, published in Le Charivari in 1842, and in the album of the series in 1843. Reference: Daumier Register 682, second state (of 2). A sur blanc impression on wove paper (as published in the album for collectors, without the newsprint verso). In very good condition, 11 1/2 x 9, the sheet 13 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches. A fine impression, with the blacks rich, contrasting well with the greys and white. Here is the translation from the Daumier Register: Original Text: UNE PARTIE DE […]

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Panic of the Lilliputians – Universal Suffrage

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    Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Panic of the Lilliputians, lithograph, 1851, plate 158 from the series ACTUALITÉS, as published in LE CHARIVARI.  Reference: Daumier Register 2120, second state (of 2), with letters (an impression before letters is very rare; the Daumier Register lists only one); a sur blanc impression (without the letterpress verso, on a strong wove paper).  In good condition apart from a repair bottom left corner (possible replacement of corner or repaired tear) not affecting image;   10 x 10 7/8, the sheet 10 1/4 x 13 inches. A very good impression. Translation from the Daumier Register: Original […]

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I Would Have Bet On It – a Child at the Theatre

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  Honore Daumier (1808-1879), I Would Have Bet On It [a Child at the Theatre], lithograph, 1841, Plate 34 from Moeurs Conjugales, published in LA CARICATURE (Deuxième Publication), then published in Le Charivari.  Reference: Daumier Register, third state (of 4), a sur blanc impression. In very good condition, 11 x 9, the sheet 13 1/2 x 10 1/8 inches. A fine impression of this vivid composition, with marked contrast among the charcoal blacks and greys. The sur blanc impressions were issued in limited numbers for collectors, on a stiff  wove paper with no newsprint verso. The translation, from the Daumier […]

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Affairs of the Orient

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  Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Je vous disais tout à l’heure que je ne serais pas fâché que l’affaire d’Orient s’arrangeât. Lithograph, 1853, published in Le Charivari in 1853. A newsprint impression, with the lettering from Le Charivari verso. Reference: Daumier Register, second state (of three), before the changes made for publication in LE CHARIVARI BELGE. Plate number 28 from the series ACTUALITÉS. In general Daumier was opposed to France’s using military force against its neighbors. The Daumier Register points out that in Daumier’s prints Mars is the personification of war threats. In this print, on the eve of the Crimean […]

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Flanerie par le dégel (A Walk in the Snow)

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  Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Flanerie par le dégel (A Walk in the Snow), , lithograph, 1841, published in LA CARICATURE (Deuxième Publication) in 1841, then in an album ÉMOTIONS PARISIENNES in 1842.  Daumier Register 724, fourth state (of four). Plate number 40 from the series ÉMOTIONS PARISIENNES.  With the initials HD lower left. A  sur blanc impression. In very good condition, with margins, 11 1/2 x 8, the sheet 12 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches. A fine impression, with rich black inking and strong contrasts. The sur blanc impressions were made for collectors, in limited numbers (often less than 100); […]

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Un Monsieur au Dessous de Ses Affaires (A Man Whose Affairs Have Gone Awry)

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  Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Un Monsieur au dessous de ses affaires, lithograph, 1841, published in LA CARICATURE (Deuxième Publication) in 1842, Daumier Register 718, fourth state (of five), before the name of Aubert is removed.  Plate number 34 from the series ÉMOTIONS PARISIENNES.  With the initials HD lower left. A  sur blanc impression. In good condition, a slight tear right margin expertly repaired, slight evidence of fox marks, with margins, 11 x 7 3/4, the sheet 13 x 9 7/8 inches. A fine impression of this famous image. Un Monsieur was the cover image of the Daumier Centenary Tribute published […]

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You Tramp (Drown in Your Beer – Billiard Player)

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Grand gueux va ! je voudrais t’y voir dans la bière! (You Tramp! I would like to see you drown in your beer), 1839-42, lithograph, [with initials in the plate], on wove paper (sur blanc), Plate number 48 from the series Moeurs Conjugales. Reference: Daumier Register 671, second state (of 3). Published in Le Charivari in 1842; this impression is presumably from the album published before the publication of the print in Le Charivari  (the sur blanc impressions are on a thicker wove paper, without the distraction of the lettering verso, created in a small limited edition […]

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L’Ivrogne

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879), L’Ivrogne, lithograph, 1834 [with initials in the plate]. Reference: Daumier Register 189, second state (of 2), with letters verso but before/without text. As published in Charivari.  In generally good condition, trimmed rather closely and irregularly, edges browned, 10 7/8 x 8 3/4, the sheet 12 x 9 1/8 inches. A good impression of this exceedingly rare print. This is a Daumier print without an explanatory title, thus perhaps justifying my unabashedly quoting the various theories about the print as related by the Daumier Register: ” The title of this print might be: “The drunkard” or “Consequences of […]

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Monsieur – Here’s Your Handkerchief

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Monsieur – Here’s Your Handkerchief, lithograph, 1842. Daumier Register 670, third state (of 3), sur blanc, plate 47 from the series Moeurs Conjugales, published in the album of that title and then in the journal Le Charivari. In good condition, a tear bottom edge margin, with margins, 12 x 8 1/2, the sheet 13 1/2 x 10 inches. A very good impression, on sur blanc wove paper (from the small collector’s edition, without the letterpress verso as the print was issued in the large Le Charivari edition). Here’s the translation from the indispensable Daumier Register (note: the […]

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Bonsoir Cherie

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    Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Bonsoir Cherie, lithograph, 1839-42 [with the initials, title, lettering in the plate]. Reference: Delteil, Daumier Register 663, second state (of 3). Plate number 40 from the series Moeurs Conjugales, a sur blanc impression, on wove paper without the lettering verso, 11 1/2 x 8, the sheet 13 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches. In good condition, a tiny fox mark in image, remains of prior hining verso. A very good impression of this evocative, yet humorous image. This plate was included in the Album Moeurs Conjugales (1839-1942), and published in the journal Le Charivari in 1842. […]

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Meditations on the Moon

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Madame Anastasie Boujot est de premiere force sue les meditations, lithograph, 1839-42 [with initials in the plate, addresses below]. Reference: Daumier Register 676, plate 53 from Moeurs Conjugales, published in Le Charivari 1842. Second state of 4, before publication in Le Charivari, a sur blanc impression, in very good condition, some tiny nicks left edge, 11 1/2 x 9, the sheet 13 1/2 x 10 1/, archival matting. A very rich impression of this early state, before publication, on cream wove paper as published in the limited collector’s edition (about 1-200 impresssions). Dieter and Lilian Noack suggest […]

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At the Fireworks

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879), The Fireworks (Le Feu D’Artifice), lithograph, 1840. Reference: Daumier Register 656, second state (of three). Published initially in this state in Actualities as number 14 in this series; then later in state 3 in La Charivari. A sur blanc impression, in very good condition,  printed on a cream wove paper, 11 5/8 x 8, the sheet 13 3/4 x 10 inches, archival mounting. A fine fresh impression of this night scene, with dark charcoal blacks contrasting with the light of the woman lower left and the father. This sur blanc impression has no lettering verso; it is […]

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Les Envies de Madame

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Les Envies de Madame, lithograph, c. 1839-42, plate 32 from the series Moeurs Conjugales. Reference: Daumier Register 655, second state (of 3). In good condition, sur blanc, 12 x 8 1/2, the sheet 13 1/2 x 10 1/2. A fine impression with the blacks particularly strong and fresh. This is a sur blanc impression, produced especially for collectors in a limited edition; the paper is a cream wove, and there is no newprint verso as found in the journal impressions. This print was first published in the journal La Caricature, then later it was selected for publication […]

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Old Scoundrel! (or Old Villain, Vieux Scelerat!)

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Old Scoundrel! (or Old Villain, Vieux Scelerat!), lithograph, 1839 [with the initials, title, address in the plate]. Reference: Daumier Register 562, second state (of 3), before the address of Bauger, lower left. Published in Caricatures Provisoires, plate 4 from Types Parisiens. In good condition apart from being trimmed at the top just above the borderline and below the lettering, trimmed at the sides (well outside of the borderline) and below just below the lettering, the sheet 10 1/8 x 7 1/2 inches. A very good clear impression of the relatively rare second state, with the faint lettering on the windows in the rear […]

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Les Mannequins Politiques

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Les Mannequins Politiques, lithograph, 1834. Reference: Daumier Register 96, first state (of 2), on wove paper (no lettering verso).Published in La Caricature, 11/20/1834. In good condition, slight soiling at outer edges, with wide margins,  9 1/2 x 10 1/2, the sheet 10 5/8 x 13 3/4 inches. Provenance:  ex Collection: Vouay, S. Mme (Lugt 2373c, with the red stamp lower right recto) Here is the explanation of this print, and translation,  unabashedly taken verbatim from the invaluable online Daumier Register (with my continuing indebtedness and thanks to Lilian and Dieter Noack): Two persons, the King and de […]

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Political Prisoners

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879), lithograph (Delteil 94), published in La Caricature (November 11, 1834),  [with the inscription, address, initials in the plate]. A very good impression of this early (1834) political print. Louis-Phillipe is shown addressing 3 Republicans in the ruins of the prison at St. Michel (“Tres-bien! Tres-bien! Vous etes parfaitment conduites!”). An impression of the only state,  on heavy white wove paper without the letterpress verso (as published and inserted in the journal). The top margin is trimmed closely and roughly, outside the upper borderline but just abutting printing on top, otherwise with margins and in satisfactory condition, archival matting. […]

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Le Bambillon (Red Mullet; or Le Barbillon entraîne la ligne, The Fish Pulls the Line)

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Le Bambillon (Red Mullet; or Le Barbillon entraîne la ligne, The Fish Pulls the Line), lithograph, 1840-41, [with initials in the plate]. Reference: Daumier Register 818, second state (of 2), with the letters, Plate 4 from LA PÊCHE, in the published form in Caricature, a sur blanc impression, in very good condition, with margins, on wove paper, 8 1/4 x 6 3/8, the sheet 14 x 9 1/2 inches, archival matting. A fine clear impression. This is a sur blanc impression, printed in a small contemporaneous edition for collectors (probably 100-150 impressions only). This form of the print […]

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Passing of a Poodle

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Le Trepas du Caniche, lithograph, 1840. Reference: Delteil 651. Plate 28 from Moeurs Conjugales. [initialed in the plate, and with the inscription, name of publisher, seller.] Third state of three, after removal of the address of Aubert; a sur blanc impression (no newprint verso). On cream wove paper, pale light staining overall, tear upper right and bottom margins (not affecting image), light foxing verso, mounted in acid free mats, 10 x 8, the sheet 13 1/2 x 10 inches. A very good impression. The sur blanc impressions of this print were taken apart from the large run for the […]

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She’s Gone!

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879), She’s Gone (Ciel! apres trois mois…), lithograph, 1841, published in Le Charivari as plate 45 in the series Moeurs Conjugales. References: Delteil 668, Daumier Register 668, Delteil’s third state of three, DR’s fourth state of four. A sur blanc impression, without letterpress verso. [With the address, inscription, number, and initials of artist in the plate] In very good condition, with wide margins, 12 1/4 x 8, the sheet 14 x 11 inches, archival matting. A fine clear and black good impression of this humourous print. Loys Delteil did not identify this state of the print, but the recently […]

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Pleasures of Fishing

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Honore Daumier, The Pleasures of Fishing, lithograph, Plate 50 from the series Moeurs Conjugales, 1839-42. Reference: Daumier Register 673, Delteil 673. DR fourth state (of 4). A sur blanc impression (without newsprint verso) issued apart from the edition published in La Caricature. In very good condition, only slight traces of foxing.  With margins, 11 1/2 x 8 1/2, the sheet 12 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches, matted. A fine bright impression. The sur blanc edition was made for collectors, published on a cream wove paper (the Caricature impressions are on a lighter paper, and the newsprint can be seen through the […]

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Une Navigation Difficile

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Une Navigation Difficile, lithograph, 1843, plate 6 from the series Les Canotiers Parisiens [with the addresses, text, and Daumier’s initials in the plate]. Reference: Daumier Register, Delteil 1028. Second state (of 3), on wove paper, sur blanc, with the address of Aubert; printed before the publication in the journal Le Charivari. In very good condition, 9 3/4 x 10 3/8, the sheet 10 x 13 1/2 inches, archival matting. A fine strong impression, printed on a heavy wove paper, before the newsprint edition (sur blanc) for the collector’s edition, which was limited to about 150 impressions. During […]

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Young and Old Guard

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Jeune et Vielle Garde, 1848, lithograph. Plate 52 froma the series Tout ce que on Voudra; as published in the Album Comique. Reference: Daumier Register 1698, Delteil 1698. Second state of two, sur blanc (without the letterpress verso as it appeared in the journal Charivari). [with the initials hD and stone number 1267 in the plate] In very good condition (with only a few fox marks mostly verso not affecting image, mounted on the left side), with margins, 10 1/4 x 7 1/2, the sheet 13 x 9 inches, matted with a window mat. A fine fresh black impression […]

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Household Argument

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Honore Daumier 1808-1879), Ah Tu Trouves…, lithograph, 1841 [with initials in the plate, other annotation: Chez Aubert, gal. Véro-Dodat lower center Se vend chez Bauger & Cie Editeurs… lower right Imp. d’Aubert & Cie]. Reference: Daumier Register 661, second state (of 3), before the erasure of the address. Published in Le Charivari. Plate 38 from Moeurs Conjugales. In good condition, with margins (spotting in margins) 9 x 12, the sheet 13 1/2 x 10 1/8 inches, archival matting. A very good black sur blanc impression.  The sur blanc impressions were printed in a limited edition apart from the large newsprint edition, for collectors, on […]

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UNE DEMANDE EN SÉPARATION (A Divorce Case)

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879),  UNE DEMANDE EN SÉPARATION (A Divorce Case), lithograph, 1845. Reference: Daumier Register, second state (of 2, with letters [initials in the plate]), Plate 40 of Les Beaux Jours de la Vie, published in Le Charivari, 8 7/8 x 9 1/4, the sheet 14 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches. In good condition, slight paper toning, horizontal fold. A fine strong and clear impression of this iconic Daumier lawyer image, as published in Le Charivari, with the letterpress verso. Here, as quoted from the Daumier Register is the translation: Original Text: UNE DEMANDE EN SÉPARATION. – Mon client n’est […]

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The Danger of Passions (Le danger des passions)

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879),  from La Pêche, lithograph, 1840 [with Signature h.D. lower left Chez Bauger, R.du Croissant 16 lower center Chez Aubert, gal.Véro-Dodat. lower right Imp. d’Aubert & Cie., in the plate]. Reference: Daumier Register 820, second state (of 2). This print appeared in La Caricature 2e série, nr. 36, and also Album Comique. On an ivory wove paper, in generally good condition, with margins (handling folds, writing on verso, soiling in margins, tiny loss lower left corner, browning toward edges, 11 3/4 x 7 1/2, the sheet 12 7/8 x 9 3/8 inches, archival window matting. A fine impression sur blanc, before the final state which was published […]

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TRÈS HAUTS ET TRÈS PUISSANS MOUTARDS ET MOUTARDES LÉGITIMES

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Honore Daumier (1808-1879), TRÈS HAUTS ET TRÈS PUISSANS MOUTARDS ET MOUTARDES LÉGITIMES, lithograph, 1834. References: Daumier Register 132, Delteil 132. Only state. Published by L’Association Mensuelle.  [With extensive annotation including Daumier’s initials in the plate; see below] With margins, 13 5/8 x 19 1/2, the sheet 14 1/8 x 21 inches. Now restored, with numerous (flattened) folds, repaired tears and nicks in the margins mostly where previously folded, evidence of prior foxing verso (now de-acidified); archival mounting with window mat. A very good impression of this extremely rare, early, and politically important lithograph. This lithograph was published as part of the special L’Association […]

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