Lordre des oiseaux
Portfolio of 12 color etchings on handmade Moulin Richard le Bas paper with the watermark Au Vent d Arles, corresponding to the Saint-John Perse 54 page text. Published by Au Vent d Arles, Paris, 1962 and printed by Crommelynck, Paris.
Overall portfolio: 17 1/4 x 21 3/4 inches Each sheet: 16 3/4 x 20 3/4 inches Portfolio case: 17 5/8 x 22 inches.
Signed by the author and artist on the last page: St. John Perse and G. Braque numbered 64 out of 100.
Literature: Dora Vallier, Braque: The Complete Graphics (New York: Gallery Books, 1982), 255-263. (Figure 182).
(Condition: Please contact fine arts department for a full condition report.)
Notes: In order to minimize delays the Crommelynck workshop pulled from plates that had not been steel plated, but rather printed directly from unfaced copperplates. After immersion, the paper was put into a vertical press where it was thoroughly dampened. The long fibers and low resin content of the paper required that it be wet with a sponge, sheet by sheet, between runs through the press. In order to allow the inks to harden and to avoid any change in the relief between runs, the sheets had to be air-dried on racks which entailed the risk of distorting and bending the paper. As the rapport de force varied between surfaces that were already printed and white areas, the registration had to be readjusted for each new impression. (Vallier, 255).
Auction Date: September 7, 2019
Estimate: $20,000 - 25,000