Wednesday, 23 October 2019
Michael Wolgemut’s double sided woodcut illustrations to “Schatzbehalter”, 1491
Michael Wolgemut (1434–1519) (attributed to Wolgemut in Richard Bellm’s  facsimile edition of Stephan Fridolin’s “Der Schatzbehalter - Ein Andachts- und Erbauungsbuch aus dem Jahre”, Wiesbaden, Guido Pressler, pp. 5–8 (see BM curator’s note for 1904,0206.1.1-96).
(recto) “Die ander figure” (as titled on plate) (aka “Gott Vater von Engeln verehrt” [God the Father Adored by Angels]), 1491, illustration to page 74 of Fridolin’s “Schatzbehalter” (1491).
(verso) “Die drit figure” (as titled on plate) (aka “Höllensturz” [Descent into Hell]), 1491, illustration to page 75 of Fridolin’s “Schatzbehalter” (1491).
Two woodcuts on the same sheet (recto and verso) illustrations to Stephan Fridolin’s (c 1430–1498) (comp.) “Schatzbehalter”, published in 1491 by Anton Koberger (c 1445–1513) in Nuremberg.
Size: (sheet) 31.3 x 21.5 cm.; (image borderline) 25.5 x 17.7 cm.
Note: Stephan Fridolin’s “Schatzbehalter” may be viewed online of downloaded free-of-charge from archive.org: https://archive.org/details/dasbuchderschatz00frid/page/n73
Condition: richly inked, excellent lifetime impressions (based on the lack of wear to the printing plates) with full margins as published. There are two tears that have been addressed with the framing support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper on the recto side. Note that there is a sheen to the recto side from the addition of the support sheet and there is a faded brown ink notation of numbers from an old hand on the upper left margin (verso).
I am selling this pair of stunning woodcuts printed on separate sides of the same sheet (i.e. recto and verso) from the incunabula period, executed when Michelangelo was a mere teenager of 16 and Albrecht Dürer, who possibly worked on this plate (seeing that he was apprenticed to Wolgemut’s workshop at the time), was 20, for AU$730 in total (currently US$499.52/EUR449.47/GBP388.35 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).
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This sheet of woodcuts has been sold