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Saturday 24 November 2018

Adriaen van Ostade's etching, “Village Festival under a Tree”, c1654

Adriaen van Ostade (1610–1685)

“Village Festival under a Tree” (aka “La fête sous le grand arbre” [Barsch title]), c1654, published in Haarlem. This impression is from an edition published in the 1700s.

Etching on fine laid paper trimmed along the platemark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet/plate) 12.8 x 23.2 cm; (image borderline) 12.2 x 22.5 cm
Inscribed on plate on the portrayed flag of the inn: "Av. o."
State iii (of iii/iv) with the smudge along the tree to the right of the church-tower erased (see the BM’s impression of state iii: BM No. 1980,U.1687; compare this with the smudge on the tree shown in the state ii impression held by the Rijksmuseum: RP-P-1972-262).

TIB 1.48 (380) (Leonard J Slatkes [ed.] 1978, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Netherlandish Artists”, vol. 1, Abaris Books, New York, p. 359); Davidson 48 iii & iv/iv; Godefroy 48 iii & iv/iv; Boon-Verbeek 18 iii/iii; Hollstein 48.III.

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“The village fair. A gathering of peasants in front of an in [sic] and dancing and drinking, a street-seller or quack doctor selling his wares to a small crowd at centre, a horse-drawn cart heading towards a church at left, groups of peasants gathering under awnings in left background”

Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression trimmed along the platemark and backed with a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet is in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing, but there are minor signs of use).

I am selling this very strong early impression of one of Adriaen van Ostade’s most famous etchings, for AU$423 in total (currently US$306.21/EUR269.93/GBP238.90 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this remarkably fine impression executed by one of the truly great masters of the 17th century, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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