Thursday, 30 November 2017

Aegidius Sadeler II’s engraving, " Forest Landscape with Two Figures”, c1600, after Pieter Stevens II


Aegidius Sadeler II (aka Gillis Sadeler; Egidius Sadeler; Ægedius Sadeler) (c1570–1629)

"Forest Landscape with Two Figures” (TIB title), 1597–1629, plate 4 in the series of 8 plates, “Bohemian landscapes”, published by Aegidius Sadeler II and Marco Sadeler (as inscribed on the plate), after a drawing by Pieter Stevens II (c1567–1624) in the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam.

Etching and engraving on fine laid paper trimmed along the platemark.
Size: (sheet trimmed unevenly) 16.7 x 29.7 cm
Lettered on the plate below the image borderline: (left) “P Stephani Inuent: / Egi: Sadeler excud:”; (right) “Marco Sadeler excudit.”
State ii (of iv)

TIB 1997 7201.275 S2 (vol. 72, Part 2, Supplement, p. 79); Hollstein 1980, vol. 21, no. 266; Prag um 1600, no. 272; Piccin, no. 98
The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:
“A forest landscape. On the road travellers. In the background an inn where hikers rest.”

Condition:  richly inked, crisp and well-printed impression trimmed on or within the platemark. The sheet is in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing). There are remnants of mounting (verso).

I am selling this exceptionally rare print—so rare that it is not in the collection of the British Museum—by one of the great master printmakers of the late Renaissance for the total cost of AU$337 (currently US$255.03/EUR215.30/GBP189.59 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this museum quality impression sparkling with strong tonal contrasts, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.


This print has been sold


Interestingly, Isabelle de Ramaix (1998) in “The Illustrated Bartsch”, vol. 72, Part 2, Supplement, p. 79, advises that “Zwollo attributes the engraving to Isaac Major” (see, AN Zwollo 1968, “Pieter Stevens, ein vergessener Maler des Rudolfȉnische Kreises” in “Jahrbuch der Kunsthistorischen Sammlungen in Wien, n.s., 64, p. 158).

Although both august writers would have a much better understanding of the historical details underpinning the execution of this print, nevertheless, based solely on the publication details inscribed on the plate in state iii, I doubt that Isaac Major could be the printmaker who etched and engraved this plate. The reason is simply that in state iii (after the erasure of the publication details shown on this state ii impression) the lettered publication details state clearly: “Gravé par Sadeler” (i.e. the plate was engraved by Sadeler—presumably by Aegidius Sadeler).






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