Details: From the sketches for vignettes of his major volume, "Les plus beaux monuments de Rome", 1761 is this framed etching done in pen and brown ink with a gray wash, titled "Studies after the Antique" by French painter and printmaker, Jean Barbault (1718-1762). Inscribed "ce couleur et dendre", which translates to "this color and pour" above the top image. The piece is done on aged paper and floated on ivory colored silk. The frame is a burnished gold with reddish copper highlights, rope twist outer edge and black beaded interior edge with plexiglass. There is note of reference on the back, as well as a sticker indicating it was purchased from Christie's in 1996.
Dimensions: Frame= 13"w x 1"d x 15.25"h Artwork= 7.5"w x 10.75"h (2 lbs)
Note: Although Barbault was not known well as a painter, a large oil on paper depicting a group of artists taking part in a carnival procession themed "The Four Corners of the World", is part of the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie at Besançon.