Angelo Asti Portrait Photogravure Photographic Print of Erbluth
This is believed to be an original silver gelatin print or photogravure after the French artist, Angelo Asti (1807-1903), depicting Erbluth, one of his more popular subjects. It resides under glass in an unusual period frame featuring raised, scrolling decoration in brass or bronze. Frame measures 23" by 28.5" and the exposed portrait measures 17" by 22". We have not examined the print out of the frame. There are some obvious losses to the giltwood edges of the frame and surface dirt. Quality of the image overall is extraordinary, but there is some crackling throughout the lower 1/4 or so of the image, and chips from the surface on the lower right side. Exported from Budapest, circa 2000. Underside carries the stamped mark of the Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), indicating the piece was authenticated and approved for export. Also visible under a later layer of kraft paper is the stamp of the Képcsarnok (Hall of Paintings) in Budapest. Founded in 1948, Kepcsarnok was the firm dealing in contemporary fine and applied art during the socialist era.