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The Woman ta King Coffee, 1774
The Woman Taking Coffee
Chalk manner etching and engraving printed in red, blue, black and gold leaf from four plates
28.2 x 23.2 cm.; 11 1/8 x 9 1/8 inches (image)
L. Marin invenit 1774
The Woman ta King Coffee
To be sold at F. Vivares in great Newport Street London
Jacques Herold, Louis-Marin Bonnet (1736-1793), catalogue de lâ��oeuvre gravÃ©, Paris, 1935: 163, no. 295
Regency to Empire, no. 65, pp. 201-203
Colorful Impressions, no. 31
A very fresh impression of this work, the first in which gold leaf was used. The presence of the full margins is rather unusual since the lower part, with its text, is usually trimmed.
Bonnetâ��s career as a printmaker has been marked with a series of technical innovations which attracted the interest of the collecting public. Woman Taking Coffee appears to have been Bonnetâ��s first print using a gold border. At this time, use of gold-leaf was legally restricted to certain trades, including bookbinders and frame gilders, Bonnet was forced to find some way around this restriction. To do so, he inscribed the work with the false name of: L. Marin (which happened to be the name of an English print dealer) and the address of: â��To be sold at F. Vivares in great Newport Street Londonâ��. The use of the small â��gâ�� in Great and the incorrectly written title of this work: The Woman ta King [sic] Coffee adds a certain charm to this work. Shortly afterwards, Bonnet produced a pair to this work: The Milk Woman which had a similarly illegal gold leaf border. The French authorities eventually discovered the illegality of Bonnetâ��s gold-touched prints and the production of such works then came to an end.