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Tuesday 12 November 2019

Jan Sadeler's engrraving, “Noah Building the Ark”, 1586 (2nd impression)

Jan Sadeler I (aka Johannes Sadeler; Johann Sadeler) (1550–1600)
“Noah Building the Ark” (TIB title) (aka “Construction of the Ark”), 1586, plate 12 from the series, “The Story of the Family of Seth” (aka “Bonorum et Malorum Consensio: The Knowledge of Good and Evil”), after a lost drawing by Maarten de Vos (aka Marten de Vos; Maerten de Vos) (1532–1603), published by Jan Sadeler I in Antwerp.
Engraving on laid paper trimmed along the platemark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 21.7 x 28.6 cm; (plate) 20.4 x 27.1 cm; (image borderline) 19.1 x 27 cm.
Numbered on plate within the image borderline: (top centre edge) “XII”.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (on anvil at lower left) “Sadelerus/ auct; scal”; (centre of lower edge) ‘Genes; cap: 6.”; (lower right) “M. de vos figur:”
Lettered in two columns of two lines on plate below the image borderline: "Nec mora continuo .../ …// …/ …/ … ullis."
State ii (of ii) with the addition of the plate number (XII) at the top edge.
TIB 70. 040 S2 (Isabelle de Ramaix 1999, “The Illustrated Bartsch”, vol. 70, Part 1 [Supplement], Abaris Books, p. 61); Nagler 1835 1835–52m bi, 20; Le Blanc, no. 40; Wurzbach, no. 9.12; Hollstein 1980, vol. 21, no. 40; Edquist, p. 14, no. 18b; Ramaix 1992, no. 29.
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Construction of the Ark. Noah and another man saws a log before the skeletal superstructure of the Ark; a youth inside the boat hammers nails into the planks”
See also the description of this print at the Rijksmuseum:
Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, folds, holes, abrasions, significant stains or foxing). The sheet is trimmed with a small margin (approx 7 mm) around the platemark.
Note that this is the second impression that I have listed of this print (the first copy has been sold).
I am selling this graphically strong and beautifully executed engraving by one of the most famous of the Flemish old masters for AU$306 (currently US$209.52/EUR190.20/GBP163.10 at the time of posting this print) 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 masterwork of engraving displaying technical excellence and a solid knowledge of perspective and rendering forms, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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