Subject: Plate : ‘La Famille Royale, ou le Bouquet Cheri.’ (The Royal family, or the cherished bouquet.) This plate shows a flower bouquet with the portraits of Louis XVIII (1755 – 1824) – Marie Therese, duchesse d’Angouleme (daughter of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVII) – Charles, Comte d’Artois – Louis Antoine, duc d’Angouleme – Ferdinand, duc de Berry. In 1814 the Bourbons were restored to the throne of France. This engraving, published ca. 1815, puts the returning Bourbons at the center of a ‘royal bouquet.’ It is interesting that the duchesse d’Angouleme is placed in the second tier of flowers, just below the right hand side of Louis XVIII. Perhaps the engraving, which was no doubt created to promote joy in return of the Bourbon monarchy, was intending to capitalize on the memory of the French. They would remember their ‘princess in the tower’, daughter of the last king and queen, much more than her two cousins. Extremely rare item.
Condition: Image good, margins fair. General age-related toning and light soiling. Several small tears in the margins; backed. Please study scan carefully.
Medium: Crayon style engraving on a vellin type paper.
Size (in cm): The overall size is ca. 25.5 x 34.5 cm. The image size is ca. 23 x 32 cm.
Size (in inch): The overall size is ca. 10 x 13.6 inch. The image size is ca. 9.1 x 12.6 inch.
Part Number: 38360
Description: This original antique master print was published ca. 1815. Our definition of a Master Print is a seperately published print or series of prints, not being an illustrative print to a text. These can both be prints made by old masters (artists) or prints made by others (artists, engravers, etchers) after old masters.
Artists and Engravers: This plate published in Paris by Madamme Ve. Chereau. Madame le Veuve Chereau (literally, The Widow Chereau, named Genevieve Marguerite) was a French print publisher in Paris. She went into business when she inherited the plates of her husband, the engraver Franï¿½ois Chereau (1680-1729), who had been the leading engraver of portraits during the reign of Louis XIV and also made engravings after the most celebrated painters of the epoch. As she died in 1782, this print must have been published by her successors her nephew Jacques-Simon.