Louis Desplaces – Mythological Engraving – “Ignis”, 1717

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Fire, from a series of four plates entitled: “The Four Elements”, after Louis de Boullogne. Image Analysis: Venus, seated on a cloud and accompanied by Cupid and the Graces, appears before Vulcan, and orders him to make weapons for Aeneas; the god sits at right, holding a hammer and shield; behind him, the cyclops bustling around the furnace.

Inscription content: Lettered with production detail: ‘Lud. de Bollogne inv. Et Prinxit – L. Desplaces sculp.1717’, publication address: ‘a Paris chez la Veuve Chereau ruë St. Jacques aux deux pilliers d’Or’, title and inscription in Latin with translation in French.

Louis Desplaces, a French engraver, was born in Paris in 1682 and died in the same city in 1739, at age fifty-seven. He produced several engravings, his most famous being : “Fastes des puissances voisines” de la France (1702) after Charles Le Brun, “Le Feu” (1717) & “L’Eau” (1718) after Louis de Boullogne, and the “Portrait of mademoiselle Duclos de Chateauneuf” (1714), famous actress, after Nicolas de Largillière.


Artist: Engraver Louis Desplaces, after Louis de Boullogne.

Medium: Etching and engraving.

Condition: Very good condition.

Dimensions: Image 55.2 x 45 cm. / 21.7 x 17.7 in.

Frame: 61 x 78 cm. / 24 x 30.7 in. Original. Wood and stucco, gilt.

Provenance: Antiques dealer, Barcelona, Spain.