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Monday 28 September 2020

Unidentified engraver from the circle of Cherubino Alberti and Aegidius Sadeler II, “Vase No. 6”, after Polidoro da Caravaggio

Unidentified engraver from the circle of Cherubino Alberti (1553–1615) and Aegidius Sadeler II (aka Egidius Sadeler; Gillis Sadeler; Ægedius Sadeler; Gillis Sadler) (c1570–1629)

“Vase No. 6” (TIB title for Aegidius Sadeler’s engraving [TIB 7201.413]) (aka “Plate 6: Vase or Ewer with a Frieze Containing Naked Figures, Supported Below by Two Female Sphinxes” [MET title]), c1600s (after 1605), plate 6 in the series of ten engravings, “Antique Vases” (“Vasa a Polydoro Caravagino”), in reverse after Cherubino Alberti’s 1582 engraving of the same vase (see and in the same direction as Aegidius Sadeler II’s 1605 engraving (see after Polidoro da Caravaggio’s (aka Polidoro Caldara; Polidoro da Caravagio )(c1500–1536/7?) frescoes above the first floor windows of the Palazzo Milesi in the via della Maschera d'Oro in Rome (see L. Ravelli 1978, “Polidoro Caldare da Caravaggio”, Bergamo, fig. 667, p. 369 and Michael Bury 2001, “The Print in Italy 1550-1620”, British Museum Press, London, p. 146).

Etching and engraving on laid paper backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 39 x 26 cm; (plate) 24 x 15.9 cm.

Ref. Cherubino Alberti: TIB 34 (17).166 (110) (Sebastian Buffa 1982, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Italian Artists of the Sixteenth Century”, vol. 34, New York, Abaris Books, p. 197, cat. no. 166 [110]).

Ref. Aegidius Sadeler II: TIB 7201.413 (Isabelle de Ramaix 1998, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Ægidius Sadeler II”, vol. 72, Part 2 [Supplement], New York, Abaris Books, p. 299, cat. no. [7201].413; illus. p. 300).

The British Museum offers the following description of Cherubino Alberti’s print that was copied in reverse by Aegidius Sadeler II:

“Plate 6: vase depicting naked figures surrounding a vessel, supported by two sirens; from a series of ten prints after Polidoro da Caravaggio of antique vases decorated with various scenes. c1582” (

Condition: well-printed early impression showing no wear to the printing plate. There are tears and a few holes in the margins and the edges to the sheet are ragged, but the image area has no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or significant stains.

I am selling this early engraving in reverse of Cherubino Alberti’s print after Polidoro da Caravaggio’s fresco of the same subject for AU$220 in total (currently US$154.90/EUR133.09/GBP120.98 at the time of posting 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 superb example of Baroque ornamental design, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

Note that I have similar engraving that is presently still available; see

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