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Sunday 21 February 2021

Jan Sadeler I’s engraving, “Asher and Naphthali”, 1585, after Crispijn van den Broeck

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

“Asher and Naphthali”, 1585, plates 9 and 10 from the series, “The Patriarchs of the Twelve Tribes of Israel” (TIB title; see 7001.065–.070, p. 90), after Crispijn van den Broeck (aka Chrispijn van den Broecke; Paludanus) (1524–1589/91), originally published in Antwerp in 1585 by Gerard de Jode (aka Geeraert de Jode; Geerart de Jode; Gerardo de Jode; Gheerde de Jode; Gheraerde de Jode; Girard de Jode; Gerard de Jode (1516/17–1591) before titling on the plate (state i) in “Thesaurus Sacrarum Historiarum Veteris Testamenti”. This impression with the titles to both images (state ii) was published in “Theatrum Biblicum” by Claes Jansz. Visscher (aka Nicolaes Jansz.Visscher; Nicolas Joannis Visscher II; Piscator) (1587–1652) in 1643 in Amsterdam.

Engraving of two compositions (“Aser” and “Naphthali”) printed from a single plate on fine laid paper with wide margins backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 28.3 x 35.8 cm; (plate) 22 x 31.3 cm.

Lettered on plate: (upper left of centre) “ASLER”; (upper right) “NAPHTHALI”; (lower centre) “.9.”; (lower right) “.10”; (below the image borderlines) “Pingue solum …/ …// …/ … dapes// […] Neptalin ex multis …/ …// …/ … fuit.”

State ii (of ii) with the addition of the titles and correction of the word “Pingne” to “Pingue”.

TIB 7001.069 S2 (Isabelle de Ramaix & Walter L Strauss [eds.] 1999, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Johan Sadeler I”, vol. 70, Part 2 [Supplement], New York, Abaris Books, pp. 96–97, cat. no. [7001].069.S2); Mielke, no. 9.5; Hollstein 1980, vol. 21, no. 70.

Condition: a well-printed impression showing no sign of wear to the printing plate and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. There is a tear to the margin at lower left otherwise the sheet is in very good condition for its considerable age with no significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this very rare impression with the two images of Patriarchs of Israel intact on the same sheet—they are usually cut into separate images as is the case with the impressions held by the British Museum ( &—for the total cost of AU$306 (currently US$240.87/EUR198.64/GBP171.94 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 pair of sensitively executed images of Jacob’s sons, 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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