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Saturday, 4 May 2019

Cornelis Galle’s engraving, “St Michael”, c1640


Cornelis Galle I (1576–1650 or Cornelis Galle II (c1615–1678)

Note: I have been unable to find precise attribution of this print inscribed, “C Galle”, to the younger or elder Cornelis Galle. Nevertheless, the somewhat perfunctory treatment of the archangel St Michael as he defeats the devil in the form of a dragon, along with the printmaker's choice to leave the space beyond the image borderline blank, suggest that the engraver is the younger Cornelis Galle … but, of course, I may be wrong.

“St Michael”, c1640
Engraving on laid paper with watermark, trimmed with small margins around the platemark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 10 x 7.4 cm; (plate) 9 x 6 cm; (oval image borderline) 7.6 x 5.7 cm.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (centre) “S. Michaël.”; (right) “C. Galle fecit et ex. c. Privilegio.”

Condition: well-printed, near faultless impression—note that the gap in the borderline on the upper right may be an intrinsic feature of the plate rather than a fault in the print—with small margins (approx. .5 cm) laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. The sheet is in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or significant signs of use).

I am selling this very small engraving full of drama, for the total cost of AU$176 (currently US$123.66/EUR110.38/GBP93.90 at the time of 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 jewel-like engraving sparkling with light and action, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.







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