Hubert François Gravelot
1699-1773, French

Contes Moraux
1699-1773, French

Engraved copper plate after Gravelot, used for the title page of the book "Contes Moraux" by Jean-François Marmontel (1723-1799). Engraved in 1776 by Antoine-Jean Duclos (1742-1795) after the original design by Gravelot (1765). Engraved area 5 x 3 inches, full plate dimensions 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. The full text reads: "Contes Moraux, Par M. Marmontel, de l'Academie Francaise. A Paris / Chez Brunet Libraire, Rue des Ecrivains. M.DCC.LXXVI."

Painting

Portrait of a Young Woman
1862-1946, Italian/American

This is a sweetly intimate portrait of a young woman, oil on board, 6 5/8 x 4 5/8 inches, c. 1920, signed lower right, framed. John Califano grew up in Italy and began showing his work as a young man, winning a gold medal in Naples, Italy. In 1881 he emigrated to the United States where he lived for several years in Chicago before settling in California. He was known for his California landscapes as well as portraits and genre scenes and showed his work at the National Academy of Design, New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Print

Late Afternoon
1895-1977, American

A finely detailed original wood engraving, measures 6 7/8 x 9 3/4 inches, published in an edition of 50, pencil signed, titled and numbered.

Drawing

Rocky Outcropping
1872- c.1950, American

A fine pencil drawing by Dexter Dawes done on a heavy weight paper. It measures 7 5/8 x 11 inches. Dawes was born in Englewood, NJ and went on to study at New York City's Art Student League. He summered in Marlboro, NH surrounded by beautiful gardens with views of Mount Monadnock which became the inspiration for many of his lithographs and paintings. He belonged to a number of associations including the National Arts Club.