Sunday, 25 August 2019
Aegidius Sadeler II's engraving, “Rocky Landscape with Two Riders", c1600
Aegidius Sadeler II (aka Gillis Sadeler; Egidius Sadeler; Ægedius Sadeler) (c1570–1629)
“Rocky Landscape with Two Riders” (TIB title), c1600/1597–1629 (Rijksmuseum’s attribution dates of execution), after a drawing by Pieter Stevens II (c1567–c1624), plate 3 from the series of eight engravings, “Eight Bohemian Landscapes” (TIB 7201.264–271), published by Aegidius Sadeler.
Engraving and etching on laid paper trimmed around the image borderline (with loss of text line of publication details) and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 19.9 x 20.9 cm.
Inscribed on plate at lower edge: (centre) “Pet. S, In: Eg.s: ex.”
State i (of iii) Lifetime impression before the change of publisher from “Eg.s: ex.” (i.e. Aegidius Sadeler) to Marco Sadeler in state ii. (Note: The line of publication details below the image borderline is lost, but as this impression still has Aegidius as the publisher this verifies that the print is from the first state which is further confirmed by the crisp lines showing no sign of wear to the printing plate.)
TIB 1997 7201.266 S1 (Isabelle de Ramaix, “The Illustrated Bartsch”, vol. 72, Part 2, Supplement, p. 68, cat. no. 266 S1); Hollstein 1980, vol. 21, no. 257; Nagler 1835–52, nos. 199–204; Le Blanc, no. 188; Wurzbach, no. 96.
The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:
(transl.) “A landscape with some travelers on horseback in the foreground. They pass a wooden house between two rocks. On the left background mountains and a castle. The third print of an eight-part series with bohemian landscapes.” (http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.167965)
Condition: richly inked and well-printed first state lifetime impression trimmed slightly unevenly to the image borderline (with loss of the text line of publication details below the image borderline) in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing), laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.
I am selling this magnificently glowing landscape—note the artist’s treatment of rays of sunlight filtered through clouds at right —by one of the most famous of the old masters for AU$430 (currently US$290.62/EUR260.66/GBP236.53 at the time of this listing) including 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 acquiring this masterwork of early landscape engraving—a lifetime impression from the beginning of the 1600s—please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold