Figure 467: The Sofa, 17x25 3/4"
This a picture of the actual etching for sale.
The paper is uniformly white. The left side looks darker in this picture due to uneven light on a dreary day.
The actual etching will be sharper, more detailed and much better looking than this scan












SEE BELOW for the nearly unique blue sofa, which is SOLD.

Fig. 510i: The Sofa, 17x25 3/4"
   The etching for sale is in a newish frame with acid-free mat. On the back of the same sheet of paper is another etching: Paris (Vue de Montmartre).  Please read the explanation below the picture.

Figure 499: Paris (Vue de Montmartre) 17 1/2 x 26 7/8"

RARITY: Only one other copy of Sofa, executed in blue (vs. the usual black version) is know to exist. The other copy was sent to the Library of Congress by Icart for copyright registration in 1934. Either to save time and money or for personal reasons, Icart changed the sofa color to black for the normal limited-edition that was released to the public the same year. The other blue Sofa   is pictured in my book as figure 510i.
Paris (Vue de Montmartre) was one of the last etching produced by Icart. Done in 1949, when few people were buying his art, only a few copies are know.

WHY IS IT PRINTED ON BOTH SIDES?: This rare sheet of paper with a different etching printed on each side was acquired from a collection of artwork from Icart's studio. Both images were proof copies never intended for sale. They were printed by Icart from his original copper plates to determine the quality and accuracy of his creations. If he was satisfied with them he would begin producing the limited-edition run. It is apparent from the quality of both sides of this sheet that except for some minor dust off, the plates were ready to go. He even took the time to add the hand coloring to both etchings and pencil-signed the sheet on the Paris side. There is a 15 years space between his production of Sofa and Paris. Icart would often sell or gift his proof copies, but since Sofa was different than the commercially available black one, most likely, this proof sat in the studio until one day he needed a large sheet to run a proof copy of Paris. Note that Paris just fits on the back of Sofa, with no extra margin on the right side. 

How do you frame a two-sided work of art, especially when both sides feature very rare images? If I were the owner, I would rotate the images by having two sets of mats, one for each size image. Flipping it in the same frame is not a difficult task. As you can see, it is currently framed to favor Sofa with the option of viewing the reverse through plexi and a single mat.