Antique Prints

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Morpho Gallery’s extensive antique print and menu collection contains the work of many highly regarded printmakers, book producers and illustrators dating from the 1700s to the early 1900s.

Among our fine collection are Le Rire magazines. Le Rire meaning to laugh, was the most successful of all the Journal Humoristique published in France during the “Belle Epoque” (the last years of the 19th century) The magazine was an illustrated satirical weekly that began publishing in October 1894 and continued well into the 1950. It featured superb full color drawings of the front and back covers and the center spread, which makes Le Rire unique and highly collectible. Some of the famous artists who contributed to Le Rire were Lautrec, Cappiello, Steinlen and Metivet.

J.J. Grandville ( Jean Ignace Isidore Gerard), was born in France on Sept 15, 1803 and died in Paris on Mar. 17, 1874. Gerard was a French caricaturist, fantasist, illustrator and graphic artist noted for his inventive political and social satire. His book illustrations include Les Fleurs De Animee,Autre Monde, and Metamorphoses Du Jour. These metal plate prints, all hand colored are highly collectible.

Botanical Magazine was first published in February 1787 and continued almost without interruption for 160 years. The plates are known for their fine detail and delicate hand coloring. It is the longest running botanical magazine and was entirely hand colored until 1948. The condition of these prints is remarkable for a work that is over 200 years old, with strong plate marks and dates, although some are slightly trimmed.

Other noted printmakers whose prints are available through Morpho Gallery are
German printmaker F. J. Bertuch and Felix Edward Guerin-Meneville, a French entomologist and publisher. Each print is a masterpiece of composition, often with a mélange of different creatures and plants artfully arranged on the same plate. We also carry hand colored woodblock engravings from the 1867 edition of Francis Orpen Morris’ A Natural History of the Nests & Eggs of British Birds.

Morpho Gallery’s collection of antique menus are available in a variety of sizes, images and themes, including one-of-a-kind hand-written menus from the late 1800s and those with advertising for companies such as Martel and Benedictine liquors.