The specimens already conveyed to the public an idea about the look of the future Charivari.
There surely exist more than these 14 drawings that carry a watermark, but these have not yet been identified.
Taking into account that the Daumier Register by now found more than 1000 additional drawings compared to the existing work catalogues, the number of those carrying a watermark still seems to be negligible.
The lithographs on page 3 differ but the printed texts on pages 1, 2 and 4 are identical.
The purpose of such specimens was as follows: Daumier collectors were well aware of the fact that because of censorship pressure LA CARICATURE was in financial difficulties.
This means that DR39 was not only printed in single sheet form but was also used in connection with a specimen to promote the forthcoming CHARIVARI.
The censor’s ban and order to destroy DR39 applied not only to the single sheet prints but also to specimen prints.Back to Index Good news for the Daumier community: Daumier’s original lacquered clay of King Louis XIV has reappeared on the Art market after 47 years of hiding in the apartment of a French Art dealer in New York known to the Daumier Register. “LES BLANCHISSEURS” (DR39) was deposited with the censor as black and white print (without text au verso) on August 22, 1832.After he passed away, the sculpture, showing slight chips and minor damages, was not offered via any of the major auction houses as one might have expected, but by a small upstate New York auctioneer. The publication of the black and white and of the colored print was banned, the suspense of Daumier´s prison sentence for “GARGANTUA” was rescinded, Daumier was arrested by the police on August 27, 1832 and was imprisoned until January 27, 1833.We suppose that the aforementioned lithograph DR39 (recto) and newspaper text (verso) are pages 3 and 4 of one these specimens produced for the promotion of LE CHARIVARI.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 Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, which owns an almost complete Daumier print collection, was not aware of the existence of such specimen prints.