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Wednesday 24 April 2019

Philips Galle's engraving, “Quail Hunt with Quail Pipe and Net”, 1578

Philips Galle (aka Philippe Galle; Philippus Gallaeus) (1537–1612)

“Quail Hunt with Quail Pipe and Net”, 1578, plate 78 from the second series of 104 plates, “Hunting Parties” (aka “Venationes Ferarum, Avium, Piscium” (transl. “With wild beasts, birds, fish”), after Jan van der Straet (aka Joannes Stradanus; Ioannes Stradanus) (1523–1605).

Note: although Philips Galle’s name is inscribed as the publisher of this plate, Galle was also the engraver as this print is a part of the original series of 43 unnumbered plates that are all executed by Galle. The later plates added to the original series were executed by other engravers (viz. A Collaert; J. Collaert; C. Galle; I and C. de Mallery) (see and A Baroni & M Sellink, “Stradanus 1523–1605: Court artist of the Medici”, Groeningemuseum Brugge 2008-2009, Turnhout, 2012, pp.245–58, cat. nos. 32–49).

This is the second posting that I have made of this print. The earlier posting (now sold) was for an impression from the first (unnumbered) edition (see

Engraving on chine collé (China) on fine laid paper with margins from a late printing.
Size: (sheet) 26.7 x 37cm; (plate) 21.4 x 29.9 cm; (image borderline) 20 x 29.5 cm
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower left) “Ioan. Stradanus inuent. Ioan. Galle excudit.”
Numbered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “78.”
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Sic Autumnali capitur peregrina Coturnix”; (right) “Tempore, et excipulis effundit sibila linguis.”
State: iii (of iii)

TIB 5601.104:35 (Walter L Strauss & Arno Dolders [eds.] 1987, “The Illustrated Bartsch”, vol. 56, Supplement, p. 435); New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 455.III (Johannes Stradanus) (Johannes Stradanus); New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 455.III (Philips Galle); Baroni Vannucci 1997 693.78 (Alessandra Baroni Vannucci 1997, “Jan van der Straet, detto Giovanni Stradano, flandrus pictor et inventor”, Milan, Jandi Sapi Editori).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print from the later edition when the plate was numbered:
“Plate numbered 78, Quail Hunt with Quail Pipe and Net; in the foreground, to left, a couple, holding quail pipes, and a child are seated behind a tree, beside a basket of quails; beyond, to the right, quails are caught under nets placed over the fields, where figures gather them into baskets; to far left, two classical villas and a domed building are seen; another domed building is visible in the distance to the right”

Condition: richly inked and near faultless late impression in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing). The sheet is laid onto a support of conservator’s fine archival/millennium quality washi paper.

I am selling this superb late impression of this rare engraving for a total cost of AU$244 (currently US$171.88/EUR153.23/GBP132.98 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this fascinating print showing early techniques for catching quail, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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