Trade Card of Crépy, Engraver and Printseller, A Saint Pierre

Artist or maker:
1727-1760 {nd}
See Curatorial commentary, and dated stylistically
Place of Production:
Paris, France
etching and engraving on paper, printed in red-brown ink
Type of Object:
trade cards
Accession number:
One of a set, see others


Brief Description

Trade card for the engraver and printseller, Crépy, either Louis or Jean-Baptiste, At Saint Peter. The card is etched and finished with engraving in brown ink in the form of a trompe l'oeil medley print. The address is engraved on a fringed cloth tied up in the form of a lambrequin. The design consists of a representation of goods.

Protruding from the edges of this cloth are seven images of prints shown with ragged and curling edges. These depict, clockwise from the upper right: a topographical view of a fortification; a classical edifice in a landscape; a scene obscured by the cloth; a pair of rustic buildings on a lake shore; a schematically rendered head of an abbé and some foliage; another topographical view; another print obscured by the print. All of these are shown with shading against a dark, cross-hatched background, surrounded by a lighter frame. The presence of two shaded dots on either side of this panache may suggest that the ensemble is meant to be read as a pin-board.

Curatorial Commentary

Marianne Grivel's book suggests the print belonged to Jean Crépy (c. 1660-1739), but according to Préaud this printseller did not operate from the sign of Saint-Pierre. His son Louis Crépy traded from this address from around 1727 to 1754. Jean's grandson, Jean-Baptiste Crépy, took over the sign of Saint-Pierre in 1753, see Related documents.

Phillippa Plock, 2008

Physical description

Dimensions (mm):
116 x 223
Physical Details:
single sheet, image size: 113 x 220 (sheet trimmed to or within plate mark)
A PARIS. / Chez Crepy rue St. Jacques / à St. Pierre près la rue / de la parcheminerie
In Paris. At Crepy's in the rue St. Jacques, At St. Peter, near the rue de la Parcheminerie


Acquired by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (b.1839, d.1898) before 1897; inherited by his sister Alice de Rothschild (b.1847, d.1922); inherited by her great-nephew James de Rothschild (b.1878, d.1957); bequeathed to Waddesdon The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust) in 1957.
Part of:
Recueil d'adresses: A collection of sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century French, German, Belgian, Swiss, Dutch, Italian and Spanish trade cards, labels, wrappers, advertisements and related commercial ephemera bound in four volumes. 3686.1-4
Waddesdon, The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust)
Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957



Marianne Grivel; Le commerce de l'estampe à Paris au XVIIe siècle; Geneva; Librairie Droz; 1986; p. 432, no. 95; illustrates another example of this print
Katie Scott, The Waddesdon Manor Trade Cards: More than one history, Journal of Design History, 23, 2004, 91-104; p. 104, n. 39

Related literature

Maxime Préaud; Dictionnaire des éditeurs d'estampes à Paris sous l'Ancien Régime; Paris; Promodis; 1987. pp. 91-94, on Crépy family

Indexed terms

Other details

Location of Premises:
rue Saint-Jacques, Paris
(près la rue de Parcheminerie)
Shop Sign:
Saint Pierre, A
Trades (Original Language):
graveur d'estampes/Fine art activities
marchand d'estampes/Fine art activities