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Monday, 30 September 2019

Bernard Picart's engraving, “Atlas Supports the Heavens on His Shoulders”, 1731


Bernard Picart (1673–1733)

“Atlas Supports the Heavens on His Shoulders”, 1731, Plate 43 (XLIII) from the series of sixty plates, “Le Temple des Muses” (Neu-Eröfneter Musen-Tempel), pages 119–120, published in 1733 by Zacharie Chatelain (fl.1700–50) and later in 1754 in Amsterdam and Leipzig.

Etching and engraving printed from two plates on laid paper with full margins as published.
Size: (sheet) 44.7 x 30 cm; (outer plate) 35.3 x 25.3 cm; (outer image borderline) 34.1 x 24.9 cm.
Inscribed on plate below the (inner) image borderline in four languages (French, English, German and Dutch): (left) “Atlas Porte Le Ciel …/ Atlas supports the Heavens on his shoulders.// …./ …”.

LeBlanc 85-146 (J.Ch. Brunet & Ch. Leblanc 1854[–1889], “Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes, contenant un dictionnaire des graveurs de toutes les nations: ouvrage destiné à faire suite au Manuel du libraire”, vol. 3, Paris, p. 192, cat. nos. 85-146).

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:
(Transl.) “Titan Atlas carries heaven on his back, as punishment for his part in the revolt against Jupiter. Through Perseus he is turned into a mountain range. In the margin the title in French, English, German and Dutch. The performance is decorated with an ornamental border.”

All the plates (including this plate) illustrating “Le Temple des Muses” are available online at “Heidelberg historic literature – digitized”; see details about this plate:

Art of the Print offers marvellous insights and technical details about this print and its publication:

Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression in excellent/near pristine condition beyond light rippling along the lower margin edge (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling).

I am selling this stunningly beautiful engraving showing Atlas—a Titan from mythology—holding up the sky with the mountain range, The Atlas Mountains, of northwest Africa behind him, for AU$336 in total (currently US$226.86/EUR207.42/GBP184.05 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this museum quality engraving printed from two plates—an outer “frame” plate and the inner “image” plate—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












Sunday, 29 September 2019

(Attrib.) Jacques de Gheyn II's engraving, "Ignis", c1590


(Attrib.) Jacques de Gheyn II (aka Jacob de Geyn II) (1565–1629)

“Ignis” (title on plate) (aka “The Element of Fire”; “Het element vuur” [Rijksmuseum title]), 1588–92, plate 4 from the series of four plates, “The Four Elements” (aka “De vier elementen” [Rijksmuseum title]), after Karel van Mander I (1548–1606), published by Joos de Bosscher (fl.1587–1591) in Amsterdam.

Engraving on fine laid paper trimmed along (or slightly within) the platemark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 16.4 x 20.9 cm; (image borderline) 15.4 x 20.5 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (along the upper edge at left of centre) “Ignis”; (lower right corner) “4”.
Lettered on plate in two lines of Latin text below the image borderline: “Noctiuage luci Lune conterininus Ignis/ Vim uegetam cunctis ipse ministro satis,” (My apologies if I have made mistakes in reading the text.)

New Hollstein Dutch 130 (Jan Piet Filedt Kok & Marfolein Leesberg [comp.] Ger Luijten [ed.] 2000, “The New Hollstein Dutch & ​Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, 1450–1700: The De Gheyn Family”, Part I, Rotterdam, Sound &​ Vision, p. 194, cat. no. 130).

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:
(Transl.) “Representation of the element fire in the form of a naked man with flaming hair striking a rock with a flint. In the background a group of people around a fire with a kettle hanging above it. At the top of the show the word 'Ignis' (fire). Below the show two lines of text in Latin. This print is part of a series of the four elements, each depicted by a personification, behind whom figures perform actions that are associated with the element in question. Each show has a two-line Latin caption.”

Condition: richly inked, early/lifetime impression (based on the crisp quality of the line showing no wear to the printing plate), trimmed along (or slightly within) the platemark and laid upon a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The text box below the image borderline has restored losses and stains, but the image area is in excellent condition..

I am selling this magnificent and very rare engraving of the personification of the element of fire (Ignis) for AU$430 (currently US$291.01/EUR266.01/GBP236.74 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 acquiring this remarkable engraving by one of the most important of Goltzius’ students, 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










Saturday, 28 September 2019

Hendrik Goltzius' engraving, “Saint Matthias”, 1589


Hendrik Goltzius (aka Hendrick Goltzius) (1558–1617)

“Saint Matthias”, 1589, plate 13 from the series of fourteen plates, “Christ, the Twelve Apostles and St. Paul”, published by Hendrik Goltzius in Haarlem.

Engraving on fine laid paper trimmed with a narrow margin around the image borderline (with loss of the lettered text below the image borderline) and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 12.4 x 10.2 cm; (image borderline) 12.2 x 10.1 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower centre) “HG”.

State: unidentified state (of VI). The loss of the lettered text and numerals below the image borderline makes the identification of the state too problematic (e.g. state ii does not show the Arabic numeral; state iii shows the Roman numeral; state iv has the publication address of Danckert Danckertz; state v shows the address of F. de Wit; and state vi has the address erased). Nevertheless, the impression shows no sign of wear to the printing plate suggesting that this may be an early impression.

TIB 3(3).55(25) (Walter L Strauss [ed.] 1980, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Netherlandish Artists: Hendrik Goltzius”, vol. 3, p. 56, cat. no. 55 [25]); Hollstein 46; New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 47 (Hendrick Goltzius); Hirschmann 1921 46; (Otto Hirschmann 1921, “Hendrik Goltzius, Verzeichnis des graphischen Werkes”, Leipzig).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Plate 13: St Matthias. Half-length, holding the hilt of a sword and resting his left hand on a book ...”.

See also the description of this print offered by the Rijksmuseum:

Condition: well-printed, early/lifetime impression (based on the crisp quality of the line showing no sign of wear to the plate), trimmed close to the image borderline and laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. The sheet is in excellent /near faultless condition for its considerable age (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains, foxing or signs of handling).

I am selling this small engraved masterpiece from the 16th century exemplifying technical virtuosity of the highest order for the total cost of AU$350 (currently US$236.87/EUR216.52/GBP192.69 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 remarkably beautiful engraving by one of the most important of the old master printmakers, 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










Adriaen Collaert's engraving, “Mercury in a Decorative Frame with Grotesques”, 1575–1618


Adriaen Collaert (c1560–1618)

“Mercury in a Decorative Frame with Grotesques” (aka “Medallion with Mercury in a Frame of Grotesques”), 1575–1618, from the series of six engravings, “Medallions with Figures from the Judgment of Paris”; published by Adriaen Collaert (as inscribed on plate).

Engraving on laid paper trimmed along the platemark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 9.3 x 13.9 cm.
Inscribed on plate along the upper edge: (centre) “A[..]n. Collaert inv. sculp. et exc."
Orn Cat I 61.5; New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 1676 (The Collaert Dynasty)

The Rijksmuseum offers a description of this print:

Note that The Metropolitan Museum of Art holds a reverse copy of this print (1600–1630) in which the unidentified printmaker has explored two ways of treating the decorative frame for the roundel. The MET offers the following description of the two techniques to create the dark background for the ornamentation: “One half of the frame is done in blackwork, while the other half is filled with horizontal hatchings. The print is most likely a unique piece, made by an artist who was trying out different techniques and studying their effect.”

Condition: slightly silvery impression with numerous small restorations that are almost invisible (e.g. the upper left and lower right corners are replenished and stains in the upper border have been masked). The sheet has been trimmed along the platemark and is laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.

I am selling this sensitively rendered engraving of Mercury/Hermes—the mythological messenger of the Gods—for AU$310 (currently US$209.80/EUR191.78/GBP170.67 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 small gem-like engraving, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.










Friday, 27 September 2019

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione's etching, "Head of a Young Man with a Cap and Feather”, 1645–50


Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (aka Il Grechetto) (1609–1664)

"Head of a Young Man with a Cap and Feather” (Rijksmuseum title) (aka “Young Man with His Eyes Lowered” (TIB title); “Jeune homme vu presque de profil …” [Bartsch title]), 1645–50, from the series of 16 plates (TIB 32–47), “Small Studies of Heads in Oriental Headdress”.

Etching on fine laid paper with a narrow margin around the platemark backed with a support sheet
Size: (sheet) 11.5 x 8.6 cm; (plate) 11.2 x 8.2 cm.
Inscribed on plate at upper left: “CASTILIONE”.
Lifetime impression (based on the crisp quality of line showing no sign of wear to the printing plate).

TIB 46(21). 35(28) (Paolo Bellini [ed.] 1982, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Italian Masters of the Seventeenth Century”, vol 46, New York, Abaris Books, p. 46, cat. no 35[28]); Bellini 1982 26.II (Paolo Bellini 1982, “L'Opera incisa di Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione”, Milan, Comune di Milano, p. 111, cat. 26); Bartsch XXI.28.35.

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Head in profile to right with flat hat and a tuft behind.”

See also the description of this print at the Rijksmuseum:

Condition: well-printed impression with no sign of wear to the printing plate in excellent condition, with a narrow margin (approx. 2 mm) around the platemark and laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. 

I am selling this superb etching by the artist argued to be the inventor of the monotype for AU$353 (currently US$238.47/EUR218.03/GBP193.65 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 arresting study that the Rijksmuseum proposes is “inspired by similar etchings by Rembrandt and Lievens” (see RP-P-OB-12.181), 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