Framed Vintage / Antique French Lithograph - Charles le Brun "Spring"
Vintage / antique lithograph of a colored engraving of Charles le Brun's "Spring." Charles le Brun (1619 - 1690) was First Painter to France's King Louis XIV. He was the most important 17th century French painter. This piece is part of an allegorical series entitled "The Seasons" which was originally done in tapestries in 1666. Sebastion le Clerc (1637 - 1714) created engravings of the tapestries. The "Spring" piece depicts the sun god Apollo with Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, in the gardens of the castle of Fontainebleau. They are supporting an oval floral medallion which represents the central house of Tuileries, a royal palace in Paris where King Louis XIV resided for a time. The framed artwork measures about 22 inches high, and 25 inches wide. The fancy wood and gesso frame is gilded on a black background. The back is covered with brown kraft paper and has a partial label with says "PRODUCT OF Reliable, Newark, N.J." Condition is very good. The frame and glass are intact, with some wear and surfact cracking to the gesso. The reproduction shows some age, with some specks and small areas of what looks like black powder. The color is good. The piece appears to date to the 30's or 40's. Shipping / packaging is estimated to be $34 - $65 based upon the zip code of the buyer.
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