Unidentified master from the circle of Nicolaas de Bruyn (1571–1656)
“The Golden Age”, c1605 (or possibly much later following the active date of the publisher [c1763]), published in Paris by Jacques Chéreau (aka le jeune Chéreau) (1688–1776), in reverse to the composition of Nicolaas de Bruyn’s engraving (1604) (see https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1907-1121-4) and in the same direction to the circular composition by Johann Theodor de Bry (aka Jan Dirk de Bry) (1561–1623) (see https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_D-7-178) after the preparatory drawing (1603) by Abraham Bloemaert (1564–1651) in the Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt (inv.no. 2887) (see https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/en/work/the-golden-age).
Engraving on laid paper, trimmed around the platemark (with many small restorations) and backed with a support sheet
Size: (sheet) 48 x 68.9 cm; (image borderline) 44.2 x 68.6 cm.
Lettered in plate within the image borderline: (lower left) “Blomart inuent. Jac Chereau exc.”; (lower right tablet with four lines of Latin text) “Auria Saturno … ferebat opes.”
Lettered in plate below the image borderline in six columns of French text: “Lors que la forte voix …”.
Condition: a strong and well-printed impression, but in a poor condition with age-toning, a flattened centrefold, numerous restored minor tears, replenished small losses and scattered stains. The sheet has been laid upon a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.
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