Michel l'Asne after F. Franck - Young couple in love

Michel l'Asne after F. Franck - Young couple in love
Engraving - Signed - 17th Century

An elegant young couple, holding hands. Above their heads is an emblem with a heart pierced with an arrow.

Signatures: M.; F. Franck invent.; Le Blond excud avec Privilege

Inscription: “Vos beautez sont les feus et la troupe fatale - qui rend amour vainqeur - Et les traitz de vos yeux sont les traitz de Cephale - Qui ne blessent qu’au Coeur.”

Condition: Good impression. Cut close to border. Age-related colouring of paper. Fox mark or stain near top-edge. (see photos)

On laid paper, with grapes(?) watermark


Michel Lasne (Caen ca. 1590–1667, Paris), was a prodigious French engraver. He worked 1617-1620 under the direction of Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck. In 1621 he was in Paris, becoming the official engraver for King Louis XIII. He engraved over 700 prints including many reproductive engravings after well-known painters.

Jean LeBlond (c.1592-1666). French publisher and printer

“F. Franck” may be the Antwerp painters Franz Francken III (1607-1667) or Frans Francken the Younger (1581-1642)

Lot details
Michel l'Asne after F. Franck
Title of artwork
Young couple in love
17th Century
See description
Sold with frame
Image size
14.3×22.5 cm
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