GILLES DEMARTEAU (1722- 1776) Pair

A Fine Pair of 18th c. French Chalk Manner Etchings by Gilles Demarteau, Court Engraver to King Louis XV. Presented in gold leaf frames.

Having a Royal Provenance:  From the estate of the Prince and Princess Serge Obolensky


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These charming chalk manner etchings depicting cherubs in allegorical scenes, representing Music and Art, are after the original rococo drawings by François Boucher. They are laid on board and measure 22″ by 18″ in their contemporary giltwood, Louis XV- style frames. There is very minor wear, with a few small areas of foxing.  An identical engraving, to one of our pair, was once part of the Rothschild collection and was exhibited at the Louvre.

David Wakefield states in his book, entitled Boucher,  that Demarteau “is the ideal interpreter of Boucher, capturing the full flowing lines, the sensual curves and the subtle contrasts of light and shade which characterize the original drawings.”

To view images of  Demarteu’s engravings which are part of the permanent collection at the Louvre, click on the link below:


GILLES DEMARTEAU was born in Liege in 1722.  After becoming a member of the Academy of Paris in 1769, he was appointed by King Louis XV to the position of Court Engraver. This prestigious position also provided him a residence at the Louvre. Demarteau is considered by scholars to have been one of the most important engravers of his period. His innovative techniques in engraving, using various casters,  allowed him to achieve a quality that is similar to that of drawing. The level of beauty and perfection that he achieved, in chalk manner engravings, provided him with the much deserved credit he received in the development of this new medium. (The chalk manner engraving was first used in 1735 by Pond and Knapton in England and shortly after that the French engraver Jean-Charles Francois brought these techniques to France). Demarteau is said to have been a close friend of François Boucher and, in fact, Boucher made drawings specifically for him to engrave. His prints are part of the permanent collections in museums worldwide, including the Louvre, and have been in the private collections of the world’s most important art collectors, such as Baron Adrien Wittert and the Rothschilds. We are thrilled to have acquired this pair of etchings by Demarteau, and we continue to seek out his work for those clients who collect 18th c. French etchings.


From the Estate of Prince Serge Obolensky (1890 – 1978) An Oxford educated businessman, Prince Obolensky is said to have lived a colorful life in Russia, then England, and finally in the United States. His first wife was Princess Catherine Yourievsky, daughter to Russian Czar Alexander II. His third wife, was an American, Princess Marilyn Wall Obolensky.


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