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Already during his lifetime, Daumier complained about forgeries being offered on the market.
As one might imagine, the number of imitations has increased over time and we are being contacted regularly from all over the world to issue authentications of drawings or paintings. We are trying to help our clients to save on the eventual expenses while complying with international Art standards. 23 Back to Index Most Daumier collectors are familiar with „LES BLANCHISSEURS“ (DR39), today one of the most cherished lithographs by Daumier.
Many collectors had not been aware of this auction. The print indicates that “LES BLANCHISSEURS“ is no.33 of the series “Caricatures Politiques” (called “Caricature Politique” from September 1833 onwards).
Thus this rarity went to its new owner at a relatively low price. The total of 83 lithographs from such series used to be printed as single sheet prints, also called “Feuilles Volantes”, without text verso, to be included in “LA CARICATURE” (and later in “LE CHARIVARI”), and for display and sale in Aubert’s print shop.
Back to Index Good news for the Daumier community: Daumier’s original lacquered clay of King Louis XIV has reappeared on the Art market after 47 years of hiding in the apartment of a French Art dealer in New York known to the Daumier Register. “LES BLANCHISSEURS” (DR39) was deposited with the censor as black and white print (without text au verso) on August 22, 1832.
After he passed away, the sculpture, showing slight chips and minor damages, was not offered via any of the major auction houses as one might have expected, but by a small upstate New York auctioneer. The publication of the black and white and of the colored print was banned, the suspense of Daumier´s prison sentence for “GARGANTUA” was rescinded, Daumier was arrested by the police on August 27, 1832 and was imprisoned until January 27, 1833.
To read more about the history and provenance of this unique sculpture, please go to the following link: to Index An important Daumier exhibition is taking place in Bellinzona, Switzerland, in the italian speaking canton Ticino: DAUMIER: ATTUALITÀ E VARIETÀ The exhibition features ca. However, in the case of DR39 those single sheet prints that had not yet been sold latest by August 27, 1832, were destroyed after the censor had prohibited publication and after Daumier had been arrested by the police.
180 lithographs, wood engravings, drawings and sculptures by Daumier, a great number of them are works on loan by the collection of the DAUMIER-REGISTER. 15, 2017 to January 7, 2018 Bellinzona Museo Civico Villa dei Cedri Guided tours on Sept. To our great surprise, we recently found a version of DR39 on normal print paper recto and printed text au verso The verso indicates “LE CHARIVARI”, however no date is given on either recto or verso.
The reason of this assumption being that the text au verso is identical with the text on page 4 of specimens nr.1 and nr.10 in the Charivari volume 1 of Frankfurt University.As a consequence all specimens that had not yet left the printer’s premises were destroyed.Up to now, we are aware only of one single Daumier DR39 specimen print.One of our Daumier friends in Germany inspected volume I of “LE CHARIVARI” at the library of the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main that owns almost all Charivari volumes.
He discovered that the Frankfurt Charivari volume I also contains so called specimens nr.1 and nr.10 Both specimens indicate as date merely “Lundi…1832” but no date or month.Daumier was fully aware of Seymour’s work, as can best be shown by the influence which Seymour’s caricature “France Receiving the Ordinances” published in 1830 had on Daumier’s famous “Dernier Conseil des ex-Ministres” (DR1746), which appeared in 1848 in the Charivari.