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This is one of the best Baroque engravings by the outstanding French engraver C.N. Cochin (1715-1790). He was employed by the French King Louis XV who considered him the master engraver. The sepia toned engraving is done after a painting by Nicolas Lancret (1690-1743). The title - le jeu de colin maillard - translates to - the blind man’s bluff -.It shows a group of noblemen and women playing blind man’s bluff in the park. It represents a French lifestyle which seems to be - sans souci - without worries. The engraving is housed in the original period 18th century hand carved, water gilded frame. The original matting is hand decorated with multiple colors and gold application. Today, it is one of the rarest 18th century engravings on the market.


There are no rips or tares to the paper. Some age related small stain spots on the bottom margin. The frame is good with age related wear.

Size: Image W 24 ¼” x L 18 ¼” Frame W 32” x L 26” D 1 ½”

Weight: 9 lb.

18th Century French Engraving, Le Jeu De Colin Maillard, After Nicolas Lancret

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