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Monday 20 July 2020

Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder’s etching, “Paeu ende acxtere”, c1567

Marcus Gheeraerts I (aka Marc Garrard; Marcus Geraerts; Marc Gerards; Marcus Gheraerts) (c1520–c1590)

“Paeu ende acxtere” (aka “Le Paon et le Choucas”; “The Peacock and the Jackdaw/Magpie”), c1567, from the series of 108 illustrations to Eduwaert de Dene's (1555–1639) edition of Aesop's Fables, "De Warachtighe Fabulen der Dieren", page 96, published in Bruges in 1567 by Pieter de Clerck (fl.1567).

Etching on fine laid paper trimmed with a narrow margin around the image borderline with Dutch letterpress on verso, backed on a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 10 x 11.6 cm; (outer image borderline) 9.7 x 11.3 cm.

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“'The peacock and the magpie'; a magpie standing in the centre, surrounded by other types of birds and a peacock behind him”

Condition: superb early impression showing no sign of wear to the printing plate, trimmed close to the image borderline and laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. Beyond a few minor pale spots of discolouration, the sheet is in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, losses or significant abrasions and stains).

I am selling this very beautiful etching executed by an early pioneer of etching at a time when book-illustrations were primarily woodcuts or engravings, for AU$329 (currently US$229.78/EUR201.01/GBP183.44 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 but magnificent etching executed 3 years after Michelangelo hung up his boots for the last time, 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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