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Thursday 9 April 2020

Coryn Boel’s etching, “The Monkey Game in the World”, c.1650

Coryn Boel (aka Quirin Boel; Quirin Boel) (c.1620–1668)

“The Monkey Game in the World” (Het Apenspel in de Wereld), c.1650 (1635–68), title plate to the series of six singeries—i.e. images of monkeys portrayed as humans—after David Teniers II (1610–90) (Hollstein 43–48), published by Frans van den Wyngaerde (aka Franciscus van den Wijngaerde; Frans van Wyngaerdt; Wyngart) (1614–79) in Antwerp.

Etching and engraving on laid paper with restorations, trimmed with a narrow margin around the platemark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 11.6 x 15 cm; (plate) 11 x 14.5 cm; (image borderline) 10.8 x 14.3 cm.
Inscribed on plate: (on strap around globe at centre) "Het Apespel Inde Werelt"; (lower left) “D. Teniers inuentor. cum priuilegio"; (abraded and only partially decipherable at lower centre) "Franc. vanden Wijngaerde ex."; (lower right) "Corijn Boel. f.".

State ii (of ii) with the addition of the publisher's name.

Hollstein undescribed (title to nos.43-48).

The British Museum and Rïjksmuseum offer descriptions of this print:

Condition: richly inked impression showing signs of wear to the printing plate. There are replenished corners and holes, flattened vertical folds and handling/surface marks. The sheet is trimmed with a narrow margin around the plate mark and is laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this fascinating early etching from the genre of singerie (aka “monkey trick) images presenting a gentle satire of dancing and music for AU$330 (currently US$205.60/EUR189.15/GBP165.76 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 title plate for the series of six prints, “Different Companies from Human Life Presented by Monkeys”, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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