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: Louis Desplaces, after Louis de Boullogne.
Condition: Very good condition.
Dimensions: Image 45 x 55.2 cm. / 17 3/4 x 21 3/4 in.
Frame: 61 x 78 cm. / 24 x 30 3/4 in. Original. Gilt wood and stucco.