Thursday, 5 March 2020
Jan Saenredam’s engraving, “Two Nymphs Carrying Vases”, c.1607, after Hendrick Goltzius
Jan Saenredam (aka Jansz Pieter Saenredam; Jan Pietersz Saenredam) (c.1565–1607)
“Two Nymphs Carrying Vases” (TIB title) (aka “Two of Diana's Nymphs with Pitchers” [Rijksmuseum title]), before 1607 (note that the Rijksmuseum proposes the date of execution as “1616”, but this date is after Saenredam had passed away), plate two from the series of three engravings, “Diana and Her Nymphs”, after a drawing by Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617).
Engraving on fine laid paper, trimmed with significant losses at the top and bottom of the image and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 18.9 x 15.8 cm.
TIB 4 (3). 60 (240) (Walter L Strauss (ed.) 1980, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Netherlandish Artists”, vol. 4, New York, Abaris Books, p. 376); Hollstein Dutch 81 (George Shepard Keyes [comp.] 1980, Amsterdam, Van Gendt & Co, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450–1700: Jan Saenredam to Roelandt Savery”, vol. 23, p. 62, cat. no. 81).
The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:
(transl.) “Two nymphs from the retinue of Diana. They hold water jugs and embrace each other”
Condition: strong and well-printed impression showing no sign of wear to the printing plate suggesting that this may be a lifetime impression, but as the upper and lower portions of the sheet have been lost (including the writing edge) I am unable to determine if this is a first or second state impression—the latter state would show the plate number, publication details and a line of Latin inscribed below the image. Beyond the significant losses to the image and a chip to the lower edge, the sheet is in a very good condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing).
I am selling this sensitively executed and very beautiful engraving, for AU$367 in total (currently US$243.25/EUR218.39/GBP188.87 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 masterpiece—even with the losses above and below the image—please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold