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Therefore we reserve the right NOT to do an appraisal, if already at first viewing of the photograph of a work in question we see a less than 50% chance of a positive outcome of our research. It was deposited with the French Authorities on August 22, 1832 and as a consequence Daumier´s suspended prison sentence was re-activated.For our research we require high-resolution photographs (front and back), all technical information such as: medium, measures, etc as well as all available provenance. Take a look at the timetable: “GARGANTUA” (DR34) appeared on December 16, 1831 resulting in a conditional six months prison sentence for Daumier pronounced on February 23, 1832.Already during his lifetime, Daumier complained about forgeries being offered on the market.
The reason of this assumption being that the text au verso is identical with the text on page 4 of specimens nr.1 and nr.10 in the Charivari volume 1 of Frankfurt University.The specimens already conveyed to the public an idea about the look of the future Charivari.We are not yet sure about the first date of appearance of these specimens, but can assume they were published between February and December 1, 1832 when the first Charivari edition came out.Many collectors had not been aware of this auction. The print indicates that “LES BLANCHISSEURS“ is no.33 of the series “Caricatures Politiques” (called “Caricature Politique” from September 1833 onwards).Thus this rarity went to its new owner at a relatively low price. The total of 83 lithographs from such series used to be printed as single sheet prints, also called “Feuilles Volantes”, without text verso, to be included in “LA CARICATURE” (and later in “LE CHARIVARI”), and for display and sale in Aubert’s print shop.