Antique engraving (1657) by Robert Nanteuil
We found this stunning engraving in Sweden, featuring Nicolas Potier de Novion, the first president of the Parisian parliament (he was forced to resign after he was discovered forging documents). The engraving was made in 1657 by one of the finest engravers in France at the time, Robert Nanteuil.
R. Nanteuil engraved portraits of many of the princes of Europe and of all the celebrated men of France in Louis XIV's time. He was rich, affable, and very generous, and would often send back payments for great plates when he found the sitters were poor.
Robert Nanteuil was the pioneer of modern engraving and much of his work equals and strongly resembles the best of recent times.
Unfortunately someone put two small punch holes in the old engraving, that lowers the value of the piece. But it is still a high quality several hundred years old original engraving by Robert Nanteuil. You don't find those just about everywhere!
Excellent condition (except the two punch holes). Minimal wear.
Measures: 11" h, 10.5" w.
Will look magnificent framed.