SMALL WOOD INTAGLIO PRINTING BLOCK showing an optician glassblowing. France, signed ‘Debraine’, n.d. but ca.
1850s. Single printing block, 86mm x 68mm x 21mm; contemporary? manuscript caption on verso ‘opticien’; lower right corner cropped; white chalk dust visible, with some light wear but otherwise very good. A small and appealing printing block, showing a man seated at a table presumably a bellows bench, and glassblowing a think tube of glass over a small flame, presumably to produce a lens. What appears to be a thermometer is visible in the background to the left.
We have been unable to identify the work for which this detailed block was created, but at the tail of the gentleman’s coat is found the name ‘Debraine’. We have found one further engraving signed by him, and which was printed in the popular ‘Le Magasin Pittoresque’, the first French monthly magazine, first published in 1833 and which ran until 1938.