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Thursday 24 January 2019

Hans Brosamer’s engraving, “The Abduction of Helen”, 1540

Hans Brosamer (aka Hans Brosshamer; Hans Brösamer) (c1495–c1554)

“The Abduction of Helen” (“L’enlèvement d’Hélène” [Bartsch title]), 1540 (as inscribed on plate).
Engraving on laid paper trimmed along the plate-mark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 3.9 x 10.9 cm.
Inscribed on plate: (upper centre) "PARIS RAVBT / HELANUM / HB / 1540"
State i (of i)

TIB 17 (8).10 (460) (Robert A Koch 1981, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Early German Masters”, vol. 17, New York, Abaris Books, p. 33, cat. no. 10[460]); Hollstein 15 (German); New Hollstein 13 (German) (“The New Hollstein German Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts 1400-1700”, Amsterdam, 1998, part I, p. 17, cat. no. 13).

See the description of this print at the Fitzwilliam Museum:; and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Condition: crisp and well-printed impression trimmed along the plate-mark and laid upon a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. There is a restored tear at the upper left corner; otherwise the sheet is in good condition (i.e. there are no holes, folds, noteworthy abrasions or significant stains).

I am selling this jewel-like decorative panel exemplifying the artist’s skill when he worked in Fulda in 1540—the year that this print was executed—creating designs for a “Kunstbüchlein” (art book) of gold smiths’ work, for AU$384 (currently US$272.48/EUR240.13/GBP208.90 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 is exceedingly rare miniature engraving by one of the major German old masters, 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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