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MARIETTEprints was conceived in the spirit of and in homage to the great eighteenth-century collector, scholar and dealer, Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694-1774)

MARIETTEprints offers for sale a wide range of original, autograph prints from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries. By original prints, we mean handmade engravings, etchings, woodcuts, mezzotints, linocuts etc., made by the artists themselves or by printmakers interpreting the design of an artist. Often, artists and printmakers were the same person. At other times, artists employed or went into partnership with printmakers to make their work more widely available. Just as often, the original artist may not necessarily have approved the reproduction of his work, especially prior to the introduction of copyright laws in the modern era. 

MARIETTEprints was founded by David Maskill, print scholar and collector. He has been collecting prints for over thirty years. He studied art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London before returning to his native New Zealand to take up an academic position at Victoria University of Wellington and where he taught from 1993-2019. In 2004, he was the recipient of a Harold Wright scholarship to spend six months in the Print Room at the British Museum. It was during this period of immersion in one of the greatest print collections in the world, that he developed his passion for and expertise in prints. In 2000, he initiated an Honours-level course in the history of prints which culminated in an end-of-year exhibition and publication. He has published scholarly articles on prints and print dealing and collecting in leading journals such as Print Quarterly.

Publications in Print Quarterly

David Maskill, ‘Printmaking in New Zealand’, review of Peter Vangioni, Ink on Paper. Aotearoa New Zealand Printmakers of the Modern Era, Christchurch, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, 2023 and Proof. Print Council Aotearoa New Zealand: Two Decades of Printmaking Auckland, Massey University Press, 2022, Print Quarterly, v. 40, n. 3, 2023, pp. 91-94.
David Maskill, Review of Peter Vangioni and Jillian Cassidy, Eileen Mayo: Nature, Art and Poetry, exh. cat., Christchurch: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, 2019, Print Quarterly, v. 37, n. 1, pp. 85-88
David Maskill, ‘Impressions of a Print Dealer. Harold Wright (1885-1961) and the Etching Boom’, Print Quarterly, v. 35, n. 3, 2018, pp. 270-279.
David Maskill, ‘Robert Nanteuil’, review of Audrey Adamczak, Robert Nanteuil ca. 1623-1678, Paris: Arthena, 2011 and Robert Nanteuil, graveur du roi: la collection Rossier-Koechlin, Lauren Laz (ed.), Vevey: Musée Jenisch, Fondation William Cuendet & Atelier de Saint-Prex, Milan: 5 Continents Editions, 2013, Print Quarterly, v. 30, n. 3, 2013, pp. 345-347.
David Maskill, ‘A Rare Survivor: François Langot’s Christ crowned with thorns’, Print Quarterly, v. 28, n. 3, 2011, pp. 314-317. 
David Maskill, ‘A Proof of Cathelin’s Portrait of Louis Tocqué’, Print Quarterly, v. 23, n. 4, 2006, pp. 414-417.

Exhibition publications
Traces of the Wake: The Etching Revival in Britain and Beyond, Wellington: Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, 2015, 48pp, ISBN 978-1-877309-33-5

State of the art: reproductive prints from the Renaissance to now, Wellington: Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, 2013, 32pp, ISBN 978-1-877309-30-4

GBA: Print publishing in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts 1859-1933, Wellington: Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, 2009, 40pp, ISBN 1-877309-18-4

Pulp fictions: the art of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Wellington: Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, 2007, 32pp, ISBN 1-877309-13-3

Artiface: Artists’ portraits in prints, Wellington: Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, 2006, 28pp ISBN 1-877309-08-7

Before Addled Art: The graphic art of Lionel Lindsay, Wellington: Adam Art Gallery, 2003, 32pp, ISBN 1-877309-01-X

The Cutting edge: Avant-garde printmaking in Europe 1900-1950, Wellington: Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, 2002, 28pp, ISBN 0-9582167-4-6 

Pacific impressions: representations of Pacific peoples from Gilsemans to Gauguin. Wellington: Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, 2000, 24pp, ISBN 0-9582167-1-1

The authenticity of all works is guaranteed. Information on each work is described as accurately as possible but always subject to updating as more information becomes available.

Prices are in New Zealand dollars. Prices are GST/VAT/Tax inclusive with postage and handling additional. Payment is by internet banking and bank transfer. Details will be supplied at point of sale.

Useful links

“What is an original print?” Summary of a talk given to the Friends of Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand

“Original Fine Art Prints: Part Two”. Summary of a talk given to the Friends of Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand (link to the leading French print journal)

Guide to print collecting