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Engraving by Nicolas-Marie Ozanne "Le Port De Cherbourg" #37/ Engraved by G. Canali / Circa 1930 ?

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Posted 4 years ago


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Finally found something neat at GW today. Researching this led me down a very interesting path. It's an engraving originally by Nicolas-Marie Ozanne (12 January 1728 – 5 January 1811) He was a marine artist and engraver and created a series of 60 views of various ports in France. This one is titled "Le Port De Cherbourg" #37. I looked online and found one like this but it was by a different engraver "Y. le Gouaz" Mine says engraved by "G. Canali". The dimensions seem right and it's on heavy paper that has an embossed border around the engraving. It could just be and old reprint but I'm not sure if it's from the original plate or not. When I opened it up to clean the glass I found the original back had been turned over. On it was the blue paper border and the Elsie Cobb Wilson label. The engraving has some penciled numbers on it and priced $ 10.00. The same numbers and price are on the stores label. So this came from one of the best interior design companies of the 20th century.Elsie is up there with the great Dorthy Draper and some of the other great women designers of the era. Ten bucks sounds cheap by today's standards but in 1918-1930 it was a bit of money. -Mike-

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1918 Washington’s Elsie Cobb Wilson, another of the era’s so-called great lady decorators, sets up shop in New York and continues her successful career, creating the interiors of U.S. embassies in Peking and Tokyo. Her style focused on comfort and refinement. Lucy Rutherford, the woman with whom FDR was romantically involved for many years, worked in Wilson’s Washington shop. When Eleanor Roosevelt demanded an end to the affair, it was Wilson who convinced Rutherford that it was best for the country to end things


  1. Budek Budek, 4 years ago
    Hello Mike,
    My bet is that it's an original antique print, a lovely thing,.......and Cherbourg!, The film, ' The Umbrellas of Cherbourg ', is an all time favorite of mine,, whatever the value, you struck gold!:)
    Thanks for posting it,
  2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
    Thanks Budek :) So that's one vote for authentic. I really hope it is. Still looking around a bit though. The label is what got me excited when I found it on the back.
  3. nldionne nldionne, 4 years ago
    Good Morning. Everything ok??
  4. nldionne nldionne, 4 years ago
    Hi Eye, heard from our elusive virtual friend??
  5. Budek Budek, 4 years ago
    Love your kitty, Mike
    looks like my Marianne, aka Marti
    named ( with the other members of her litter ) after the characters of Gilligan's Island,( they were born in a boat down at the harbor in Hyannis ).
    I adopted Marianne and Gilligan,( a Tuxedo ), both girls, ( I was volunteering at the shelter where they were brought )
    .................I'm CRAZY about them:)! My current member photo is of a calico,
    " Coco " who I was cat-sitting for,............she's my fling on the side:)
  6. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
    Hi Budek... Thanks, his name is Benji (Benjamin) and he's well into his 20's. Pretty sure he's mostly Maine coon. He belonged to my nephew but after my sister's divorce she couldn't keep him so he came to live with me. That's about 3 years now. I also have a fat little orange tabby that I rescued from the side of the road after being clip by a school bus. It hurt her leg but she had a bad respiratory infection as well. She wasn't always fat but she's a competition :)
  7. Budek Budek, 4 years ago
    You're a good soul, Mike.
    Benji and your tabby are lucky to have such a big hearted Dad.
    I'll post photos of my kitties soon,
    take good care and have a great week-end,

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