(Floral Bouquet) engraved after Louis Tessier for "Livre de Corbeilles et Vases de Fleurs" by Jean-Jacques Avril

(Floral Bouquet) engraved after Louis Tessier for Livre de Corbeilles et Vases de Fleurs by Jean-Jacques Avril

(Floral Bouquet) engraved after Louis Tessier for "Livre de Corbeilles et Vases de Fleurs"

Jean-Jacques Avril

Title

(Floral Bouquet) engraved after Louis Tessier for "Livre de Corbeilles et Vases de Fleurs"

 
Artist
Year
c. 1780  
Technique
hand-colored engraving 
Image Size
13 x 9 1/2" platemark 
Signature
"Avril l'aine, Sculp", in text, lower right; "L. Tessier, del" lower right. 
Edition Size
special edition on blue-green paper. 
Annotations
"Avril l' aine Sculp" in text, lr 
Reference
Inventory of the French collection, engravers of the eighteenth century. First volume, Adam (Jean) -Baquoy (Mauritius) / National Library, Cabinet des estampes; by Marcel Roux, ... - National Library (Paris), 1931, article APRIL the father (Jean-Jacques), 
Paper
blue-green tinted laid 
State
published 
Publisher
J. Chereau 
Inventory ID
9532 
Price
Price On Request 
Description

The six plates for "Livre de Corbeilles et Vases de Fleurs" (A Book of Baskets and Vases of Flowers) were engraved by J.J. Avril after paintings by Louis Tessier. The plates were hand colored and the coloring varies from impression to impression.

This impression is a beautiful example of Tessier's eye for design, with his elegant use of space and the vivid color combinations by Avril. Despite the formality of the still life, the fun, haphazard arrangement of these fantastic flowers makes for a charming yet highly stylized image. Avril's use of a blue paper subdues the color and pulls the composition closer together.

Jean Jaacques Avril (the elder) was born in Paris in 1744 and studied architecture but became a student of engraver Jan Georges Wille (1715-1808). He engraved over 540 works but is best known for these floral engravings after Tessier. He died in 1831.