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Sunday, 29 September 2019

(Attrib.) Jacques de Gheyn II's engraving, "Ignis", c1590


(Attrib.) Jacques de Gheyn II (aka Jacob de Geyn II) (1565–1629)

“Ignis” (title on plate) (aka “The Element of Fire”; “Het element vuur” [Rijksmuseum title]), 1588–92, plate 4 from the series of four plates, “The Four Elements” (aka “De vier elementen” [Rijksmuseum title]), after Karel van Mander I (1548–1606), published by Joos de Bosscher (fl.1587–1591) in Amsterdam.

Engraving on fine laid paper trimmed along (or slightly within) the platemark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 16.4 x 20.9 cm; (image borderline) 15.4 x 20.5 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (along the upper edge at left of centre) “Ignis”; (lower right corner) “4”.
Lettered on plate in two lines of Latin text below the image borderline: “Noctiuage luci Lune conterininus Ignis/ Vim uegetam cunctis ipse ministro satis,” (My apologies if I have made mistakes in reading the text.)

New Hollstein Dutch 130 (Jan Piet Filedt Kok & Marfolein Leesberg [comp.] Ger Luijten [ed.] 2000, “The New Hollstein Dutch & ​Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, 1450–1700: The De Gheyn Family”, Part I, Rotterdam, Sound &​ Vision, p. 194, cat. no. 130).

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:
(Transl.) “Representation of the element fire in the form of a naked man with flaming hair striking a rock with a flint. In the background a group of people around a fire with a kettle hanging above it. At the top of the show the word 'Ignis' (fire). Below the show two lines of text in Latin. This print is part of a series of the four elements, each depicted by a personification, behind whom figures perform actions that are associated with the element in question. Each show has a two-line Latin caption.”

Condition: richly inked, early/lifetime impression (based on the crisp quality of the line showing no wear to the printing plate), trimmed along (or slightly within) the platemark and laid upon a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The text box below the image borderline has restored losses and stains, but the image area is in excellent condition..

I am selling this magnificent and very rare engraving of the personification of the element of fire (Ignis) for AU$430 (currently US$291.01/EUR266.01/GBP236.74 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 remarkable engraving by one of the most important of Goltzius’ students, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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