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Sunday 5 May 2024

Nicolas Mossoloff, “Satyrs”, 1868, after Rubens

Nicolas Mossoloff (aka Nikolaj Mossoloff; Nicolai Mossoloff; Nikolaj Semenovič Mosolov; Nikolay Semyonovich Mosolov) (1846–1914)

“Satyrs” (aka “Satyres” [as titled in plate]), 1868, after Peter Paul Rubens’ (aka Petrus Paulus Rubenius) (1577–1640) painting, “Two Satyrs” (1617–19) in the Alte Pinakothek (Munich) (see, printed in Paris by Auguste Delâtre (aka Auguste Marie Delâtre) (1822–1907) and published in the art periodical, “Gazette des Beaux-Arts” (1st April, 1868) between pages 332 and 333.

Etching and engraving on laid paper trimmed with a small margin around the image borderline and writing edge, backed with a support sheet providing wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 24.6 x 17.9 cm; (image borderline) 19.7 x 14.9 cm.

Lettered below the image borderline: (left) “Rubens pinx./ Gazette des Beaux-Arts.”; (centre) “SATYRES/ MUSÉE DE MUNICH”; (right) “Nicolas Mossoloff sculp./ Imp. A. Delâtre, Paris.”

Interestingly, according to the bibliographical detail offered by the Hermitage Museum (St Petersburg, Russia) (, by the age of fourteen, Nicolas Mossoloff, “had perfectly mastered the technique of engraving.” Notwithstanding his amazing skills, as shown in this exquisitely rendered etching with engraving, in the year after executing this print (1869), Mossoloff sought to “improve his engraving technique …[and] worked in Vienna under the guidance of the famous etcher W. Unger, and then in the Parisian workshop of L. Flameng.” Nicolas Mossoloff was clearly a perfectionist!

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed impression, trimmed with small margins around the image and writing edge and laid onto a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper providing wide margins. The sheet is in a pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds or stains.

I am selling this exceptionally fine etching with engraving for AU $179 in total (currently/approximately US $118.35/EUR 109.93/ GBP 94.33 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. Note that payment is in Australian dollars (AU $179) as this is my currency.

If you are interested in acquiring this superb 19th century masterwork of etching and engraving (my opinion only), 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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