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Thursday, 10 September 2020

Jan Sadeler I’s engraving, “Saint Priscilla”, c1585, after Maarten de Vos

Jan Sadeler I (aka Johannes Sadeler; Johann Sadeler) (1550–1600)

“Saint Priscilla” (TIB title) (aka “Saint Prisca”; “Heilige Prisca” [Holy Prisca]), c1585, the seventeenth engraving in the series of seventeen prints of female saints and the title plate, “Speculum Pudicitiae” (Mirror of Modesty) (aka “Spiegel van eerbaarheid” [Mirror of Honour]), after a drawing dated 1584 by Maarten de Vos (aka Marten de Vos; Maerten de Vos) (1532–1603) in the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin (inv. 13579), published by Jan Sadeler I in Antwerp.

See another engraving from this series that I listed earlier, “Saint Justina” (still available at present): https://www.printsandprinciples.com/2020/07/jan-sadeler-is-engraving-saint-justina.html.

Engraving on laid paper trimmed around the image borderline on the top and sides and retaining the lines of text below the borderline.

Size: (sheet) 18.6 x 12.9 cm.

Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower left corner) “Sadler excud./ M. de vos figura.”

Lettered in two lines of Latin text below the image borderline: “PRISCA Deum venerans, precibus Simulacra deorum/ Euertit, varijs supplicijsq[ue] perit.”

State i (of i) Lifetime impression (based on the quality of the line showing no sign of wear to the printing plate).

TIB 7001. 328 (Isabelle de Ramaix 2001, “The Illustrated Bartsch”, vol. 70, Part 2 [Supplement], New York, Abaris Books, p. 136, cat. no. [7001].328); Hollstein 353 (Dieuwke de Hoop Scheffer [comp.] 1980, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450–1700: Aegidius Sadeler to Raphael Sadeler II: text”, vol. 21, Amsterdam, Van Gendt & Co, p. 142, cat. no. 353); Hollstein (Sadeler) 357 (Dieuwke de Hoop Scheffer [comp.] 1980, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450–1700: Aegidius Sadeler to Raphael Sadeler II: text”, vol. 21, Amsterdam, Van Gendt & Co, p. 143, cat. no. 357); Hollstein (Vos) 962 (Christiaan Schuckman [comp.] 1996, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450–1700: Maarten de Vos: text”, vol. 44, Rotterdam, Sound and Vision Rijksprentenkabinet, p. 203, cat. no. 962); Edquist 100 (p. 159).

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:

(Transl.) “St. Prisca, kneeling before a Bible. On the ground in front of her a rod and an axe. In the background to the right, St. Prisca is beheaded”

(http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.168533).

Condition: well-printed impression trimmed with a thread margin around the image borderline on the top and sides and retaining the lines of text below the borderline. The sheet is in excellent condition for its considerable age (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this strong impression of a sensitively executed and very beautiful engraving by one of the most famous of the Flemish old masters, for AU$370 (currently US$269.36/EUR228.07/GBP207.12 at the time of posting this print) 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 small masterwork of engraving showing the patron saint of married couples, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold











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