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Title:: Planche d'Essais a la Vieille Femme Year::
Artist: Rops, Félicien After:  
Medium: soft-ground etching Provenance:
Period: Belgian 19th Century School/Style: Symbolist
Catalogs: Exsteens 650;
Ramiro N.D.;
Mascha 815;
Price: $400.00
Description: A fine impression, with plate tone and polishing scratches, of this lightly bitten plate, the drypoint work standing well out from the etched matter, on imperial japan with large margins. The subject matter is entirely heads of different sorts, the old woman being the ost prominent one, drawn in every which way on the plate and concentrated towards the bottom, the upper half of the plate being virtually unused. Exsteens describes the print as being "de toute rarete" in its original printing and says there was a second printing before the plate was destroyed, but gives no clue as to how to tell them apart. This one is printed on the same paper as many of Rops' early proofs and may, therefore, be from that first printing. In any event, the print virtually never shows up on the market and is presumably rare in any form.