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Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Aegidius Sadeler II’s engraving, “Landscape with a Waterfall”, c1600, after Roelandt Savery

Aegidius Sadeler II (aka Ægedius Sadeler; Egidius Sadeler; Gillis Sadeler; Gillis Sadler) (c1570–1629)

“Landscape with a Waterfall” (aka “Waterval met een stad op de achtergrond”), c1600 (1597–1629), after a back chalk and colour wash drawing of the same composition by Roelandt Savery (aka Roelant Savery; Roelant van Saverij) (1576–1639), “Rocky landscape with forests intersected by a river and a mountain stream” (1607–1608) (see https://www.fine-arts-museum.be/nl/de-collectie/roelandt-savery-rotsachtig-landschap-met-bossen-doorsneden-door-een-rivier-en-een-bergstroom?artist=bril-paul-1), second plate from the series of four plates that Hollstein proposes as scenes representing the Tyrol (Hollstein 237–240; see BM inv. no. 1981,1212.10), “Landscape scenes after Roelandt Savery“ (aka “Four landscapes in Bohemia”), published in Paris (Rue St Martin pres St Julien) by Daumont (fl.c1664).

Engraving on laid paper trimmed slightly within the platemark with a narrow margin around the image borderline, backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 22.3 x 29.1 cm; (image borderline) 21.8 x 28.8 cm.

Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Sadler Scul”; (right) “Daumont ex.”

State iv? (of iv). This is a final state impression with the addition of “Sadeler scul”. Note that Hollstein (1980) proposes that there are only two states and TIB (1998) gives details for four states. I believe that there is a shortfall in documentation and there may be five states as this impression has the addition of the publisher address: “Daumont ex.”

TIB 7201.246 S4 (Isabelle de Ramaix 1998, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Ægidius Sadeler II”, vol. 72, Part 2 [Supplement], New York, Abaris Books, p, 47, cat. no. [7201].246 S4); Hollstein Dutch 238-2(2) (Dieuwke de Hoop Scheffer [comp.] 1980, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450–1700: Aegidius Sadeler to Raphael Sadeler II”, Amsterdam, Van Gendt & Co, vol. 21 [text] p. 49, vol. 22 [plate] p. 57, cat. no. 238); Nagler 227; Wurzbach 103; Edquist 24a (p. 433). 

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“Landscape with a woody path on the edge of an expansive river and a town beyond; in the foreground is a small natural waterfall and four standing figures conversing and another two with large packs settling to rest”

(https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1981-1212-11).

See also the desription offered by the Rijksmuseum: http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.167948.

Condition: a well-printed impression trimmed slightly within the platemark with a narrow margin around the image borderline and laid onto a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The lower margin shows handling marks and the remnant of an ink remark (“3”) by an earlier collector, otherwise the sheet is in a very good condition for its considerable age with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this very rare and beautifully expansive early landscape engraving—mindful that this impression is so rare that the catalogue raisonnés [Hollstein and TIB] fail to record this particular state lettered with the publisher’s address of Daumont—for AU$430 in total (currently US$327.97/EUR275.76/GBP236.04 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 glowing landscape executed by one of the most famous of the old master printmakers—note that the portrayed scene exemplifies perfectly the early compositional convention of creating a “U”-shaped vista designed to focus the eye into the distance following a meandering stream and the visual device of the time of showing fallen trees set beside living trees to symbolise the regenerative forces of nature—please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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