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Thursday, 24 September 2020

Jan Sadeler I’s engraving, “Saint Or”, 1585, after Maarten de Vos

Jan Sadeler I (aka Johannes Sadeler; Johann Sadeler) (1550–1600) possibly in collaboration with Raphael Sadeler (1561–1628)

“Saint Or” (a saint from Syriaco [Egypt] and a martyr of Antinoë), 1585, after a drawing by Maarten de Vos (aka Maarten de Vos; Maerten de Vos) (1532–1603) (Isabelle de Ramaix [2001] in TIB, vol. 70, Part 2 [Supplement], advises that the drawing is with an art dealer [see p. 204 for details]), plate 20 in the series, “Solitudo sive vitae patrum eremicolarum” (aka “Mannelijke kluizenaars”), published by Jan Sadeler I in Antwerp.

Engraving on laid paper with a narrow margin around the platemark.

Size: (sheet) 17.3 x 21.6 cm; (plate) 16.7 x 21.3 cm; (image borderline) 15.2 x 20.8 cm.

Inscribed on plate within the image borderline on the barrel at the lower right corner with ligature monogram: “IS/ excu.”

Lettered and numbered on plate below the image borderline: “OR deserta colens paucis accessa, flagrantes/ Ad Dominum fudit nocte dieq[ue] preces.// 20// Huic plu[v]ialis acqua, et iunctæ sil[v]estrib[us] herbis/ Crudæ radices, potus et esca fuit.”

Lifetime impression, state i (of ii) before the erasing of the plate number (“20”) of the second state.

TIB 7001.368 S1 (Isabelle de Ramaix 2001, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Johan Sadeler I”, vol. 70, Part 2 [Supplement], New York, Abaris Books, p. 204, cat. no. [7001] .368 S1); Hollstein (Sadeler) 397; Hollstein (Vos) 984; Le Blanc, no. 121; Wurzbach, no. 113; Edquist, p. 64, no. 74a; Nagler 1835–52, no. 135.

vHMML (an initiative of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library) offers the following description of this print:

“Engraving depicting St. Or, from the series ‘Solitudo sive vitae patrum eremicolarum’, one of the five hermit series produced by de Vos between 1580 and 1600. The saint is shown kneeling by a cross resting on the ground before him. A small structure built into a tree nearby holds an image of the Virgin and Child. To the right, a cask is covered by a shade, with a drinking bowl hanging from the stick propping it up. Rain is depicted in the forest background; a rivulet of water flows into a pitcher. … Probably designed in Antwerp by de Vos and engraved and published in Munich by the Sadeler family” (https://w3id.org/vhmml/museum/view/1688).

See also the description offered by the Rijksmuseum: http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.168572.

Condition: well-printed early impression showing no sign of wear to the printing plate with a narrow margin around the platemark. The sheet is in near pristine condition for its considerable age (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use).

I am selling this very beautiful lifetime impression from 1585—note the superb early representation of rain behind the praying saint—for the total cost of AU$312 (currently US$219.90/EUR188.80/GBP172.46 at the time of 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.

If you are interested in purchasing this amazing engraving executed with the most sensitive of touches, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.











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