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Wednesday 2 June 2021

Circle of Jan Sadeler I’s engraving, “Sea Creatures”, c1600

Unidentified engraver from the circle of Jan Sadeler I (aka Johann Sadeler; Johannes Sadeler) (1550–1600) and Maarten de Vos (aka Marten de Vos; Maerten de Vos) (1532–1603)—possibly Giovanni Battista Cavalieri (aka Giovanni Battista de' Cavalieri; Joannes Baptista Cavalleris; Giovanni Battista Cavallieri (c1525–1601) based on stylistic similarities (cf. and the artist’s proclivity to interpret other artist’s compositions, or Adriaen Collaert (c1560–1618) (as proposed in Flickr to the New Bedford Whaling Museum [

“Sea Creatures” (descriptive title only), c1600, after the design to the left side of Jan Sadeler I’s engraving, “Creation of Birds and Sea Creatures” (aka “Schepping van de vogels en de zeedieren”) [ and the copied adaption, published in “Thesaurus Sacrarum Historiarum Veteris Testamenti …" (Antwerp 1585). Jan Sadler I’s engraving is after the design of a lost drawing by Maarten de Vos (see TiB 7001.014 [Supplement] p. 29) and Sadeler’s print was interpreted by Jacob Bouttats for the painting, “Creacion de los animals”in the Museo de Navarra, Pamplona (see

Engraving on laid paper trimmed around the image borderline with letterpress Fraktur text verso and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet trimmed slightly unevenly) 9.9 x 13.8 cm.

Condition: the impression is in a poor condition with abraded areas and a replenished lower left corner and other restored fractures and tears. The engraving is trimmed around the image borderline (or perhaps slightly within) and has been laid onto a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this rare and sensitively executed engraving from the Renaissance showing stylised marine creatures—viz. otter, whale, sawfish, turtle, walrus, crocodile, puffer fish and a flying fish—for a total cost of AU$288 (currently US$223.63/EUR182.8/GBP157.01 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 often-reproduced engraving—no doubt because it is a quintessential compendium of weird and wonderful sea creatures—but a print that is seldom seen on the art market, 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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