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Friday 24 April 2020

Theodoor de Bry’s engraving, “Medallion with Caesar, Claudius and Otho”, c.1588

Theodoor de Bry (aka Theodor de Bry; Dirk de Bry; Dietrich de Bry; Théodore de Bry) (1528–1598)

“Medallion with Caesar, Claudius and Otho”, c.1588, from the series of four engravings, “Designs for Ornamented Dishes”, published by Theodoor de Bry.

Engraving on laid paper trimmed close to the image borderline and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (dia. sheet) 12.3 cm.
Lettered on plate: (centre roundel) "PRÆCLARISSIMA / VIRTVTVM EST / IVSTITIA" (outstanding virtue is justice); (upper roundel) “C CAESAR DICT PERPETVO”; (left roundel) “TICLAVDIVS . CAESAR AVG . P.M.TR.PIM.PPP.”; (right roundel) “IMP . OTHO . CAESAR . AVG . TRI . POT .”; (lower margin) “THE' DE. BRY. FE. ET. EX".

Hollstein 191; Orn Cat I 57.1 (Irene Margaretha de Groot 1988, “Ornamentprenten in het Rijksprentenkabinet”, Amsterdam, Rijksprentenkabinet).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Three roundels with bust profiles of Roman Emperors (Caesar, Claudius and Otho), around a central roundel with lettering; within a decorative band; circular plate”

See also the description of this print offered by the Rijksmuseum”
(transl.) “Medallion with Latin text in a wide border with grotesques on a dark background. In this rim are three medallions depicting Roman emperors. Caesar top centre, Claudius bottom left and Otho bottom right”

Condition: strong impression trimmed around the image borderline with replenished lower margin and laid upon a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this jewel-like engraving featuring profile portraits in roundels of three Roman emperors (Julius Caesar, Claudius and Otho), for the total cost of AU$490 (currently US$311.12/EUR289.43/GBP252.83 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 purchasing this exquisite engraving from the late 1500s, 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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