Paul Gavarni

Gavarni, Projets de Bonheur, lithograph

[Projets de Bonheur]

Armelhaut & Bocher 2146

lithograph, n.d., on chine appliqué paper, a superb impression of this rare print, before letters, the imprint of the stone quite apparent, with good margins, traces of old mounting tape on the reverse, light foxing and toning along the edges of the support sheet and on the verso, otherwise in very good condition

Provenance: the Henri-Jean Thomas collection* ; the Henri Meilhac collection (according to an old annotation on the mount)

L. 128 x 112 mm.**  S. 332 x 240 mm.

Rated "RRR" by Armelhaut et Bocher, the present impression is thus of the utmost rarity, and according to an old annotation on the mount, it was exhibited in the 29ème Exposition des Peintres-Graveurs Français : Les Grands Paysagistes Français, Musée National d'Art Moderne, May-June 1942.

We have never seen another impression of this print on auction. There is however an impression of the larger version of this lithograph (A&B 2145) in the Yale University Art Gallery:

*  Personal communication from the previous collector

**  These dimensions (from the catalogue raisonné) correspond to the subject, whereas the stone is much bigger, extending beyond the chine appliqué paper.