Sep 19, 2019 - Sale 2516

Sale 2516 - Lot 12

Price Realized: $ 10,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 10,000
Le Bon Samaritaine.

Lithograph on cream wove paper, 1861. 560x440 mm; 22x17 3/8 inches. Préaud's first state B (of 2), with the "white bird" lower left and with the black "ink smudge" on the left leg of the striped-tail monkey on the branch lower right, before the transfer to another stone in 1868. Edition of approximately 300 lifetime impressions with these characteristics. Printed by Lemercier, Paris. A brilliant, early and richly-inked impression of this very important lithograph with extremely strong contrasts and all the fine details distinct.

Lifetime impressions, such as the current work, are exceedingly scarce; we have located only 8 other such impressions at auction in the past 30 years. There is also a more common, posthumous edition (printed after the transfer of the subject to another stone). Van Gelder 100; Préaud 29.