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Wednesday 12 August 2020

Pieter de Jode II’s engraving with etching, “Saints Claire and Francis of Assisi adoring the Christ Child,” c1645, after Gerard Segers

Pieter de Jode II (aka Pieter de Iode; Petrus iunior de Jode; Pieter de Jonge Jode) (1606–1674)

“Saints Claire and Francis of Assisi adoring the Christ Child,” c1645 (1616–1674), after Gerard Segers (aka Gerard Zeghers) (1591–1651), initially published by Cornelis Galle I (1576–1650) and later by Cornelis Galle II (1615-1678) in Antwerp. This impression is from the state before publication.

Engraving with etching on laid paper trimmed unevenly around the image borderline and lines of text, backed on a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 28.1 x 23.5 cm.

Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (lower left) “Gerardus Seghers inuen.”; (lower centre) “cum priuilegio.”; (lower right) “Pet. De Iode iunior Sculp.”; (Latin text in two columns of two lines) “Quid paruum Francisce adeo miraris Iesum?/ Expecta, pendens in Cruce maior erit.// In tenebris lucet lux replens lumine mundum./ Hinc est quod claro nomine Clara micat."

Hollstein 21.I (2) (F W H Hollstein 1953, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450–1700: Heer - Kuyl”, vol. 9, Amsterdam, Menno Hertzberger, p. 211, cat. no. 21).

State i (of ii) before the addition of the publisher’s address (see a second state impression held by the British Museum:

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:

“St. Francis and St. Clare, in a cave at night, worship the Christ Child. The Christ Child lies on a blanket in a crib”


Condition: a superb, richly inked and well-printed impression, trimmed unevenly around the image borderline and the text lines and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains—there is a faint trace of a collector’s stamp from verso—or foxing.

I am selling this marvellous lifetime, first state, museum-quality impression for the total cost of AU$466 (currently US$331.93/EUR283/GBP254.59 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) 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 and stunning engraving (with etching)—note, for example, the delicacy of the engraver’s handling of the radiance emitted from the two saints and Christ from within the surrounding darkness created from layers of cross-hatched strokes—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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