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Monday, 8 June 2020

Orazio Borgianni’s etching, “Solomon Annointed King of Israel by the High Priest Sadoc”, 1615


Orazio Borgianni (aka Orazio Borgiani) (c1578–1616)

“Solomon Annointed King of Israel by the High Priest Sadoc” (TIB title) (“Salomon est oīnt roi d’Israël par le grand-prêtre Sadoc” [Bartsch title]), 1615 (inscribed on plate), plate 45 from the series of 52 etchings after Raphael (1483–1520), “The Loggia Paintings” (TIB title).

Etching on fine laid paper, trimmed around the plate mark.
Size: (sheet) 15.6 x 18.9 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower-left corner) “1615 / [artist’s monogram]”
Numbered on plate: (lower-right corner) “45”.
Lifetime impression of the only state. (Note: attribution of this print to a lifetime impression is based on the crisp quality of the lines showing minimal wear to the plate.)

TIB 38 (17).45(319) (Walter L Strauss [ed.] 1979, “The Illustrated Bartsch”, vol. 38, New York, Abaris Books, p. 404, cat. no. 45 [319]); Bartsch XVII.319.45.

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:
(transl.) “Solomon is anointed by the high priest Sadoc. Around it is a group of men with beards. In the foreground on the right a reclining figure (possibly a river god)”

See also the description of this print offered by the British Museum:

Condition: richly inked and well-printed/near faultless impression—a superior impression to the copies held by the British Museum (see 1893,1018.19.41) and the Rijksmuseum (see RP-P-OB-35.454)—trimmed around the platemark. The sheet has a few spots verso (not visible recto), otherwise the sheet is in an excellent/museum quality condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, losses, abrasions, stains [recto] or foxing).

I am selling this superb etching executed in the last year of the artist’s life and based on the design of the legendary Raphael who had passed away only 95 years before this print was created, for AU$257 (currently US$179.04/EUR141.32/GBP158.58 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 rare Renaissance period print, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print is reserved pending confirmation of its purchase











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