Pierre Brebiette (c1598–1642)
“Procession of Sea-Gods”, c1620 (1617–1625), published by Jean Le Bond (aka Jean Leblond I) with royal privilege (as inscribed in plate).
Etching on fine laid paper, trimmed around the image borderline and writing edge and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 7.1 x 17.7 cm; (image borderline) 6.3 x 17.7 cm.
Inscribed in plate in very small script within the image borderline at right-of-centre in foreground waves: “P. Brebiette/ […]”—The BM proposes that the difficult to decipher words are “in roma” (see inv. no. 1854,0614.503).
Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “le Blond excud”; (right) “Auec Priuilege du Roy.”
The British Museum offers the following description of this print (not illust.):
“Frieze-like composition with, from left to right, a woman and a reclining river god, a woman riding a sea creature, a triton carrying a woman, and a triton and a woman riding dolphins” (https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1854-0614-503).
IFF 115–128 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes, Paris).
Condition: a richly inked and well-printed impression—possibly a lifetime impression based on the line quality showing no sign of wear to the printing plate—laid upon a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. There is a closed tear in the lower edge and restorations to the left edge and upper right corner, otherwise the sheet is in a good condition for its considerable age with no significant stains or foxing.
I am selling this exemplary Baroque etching showing marine deities expressing their joy of life, for the total cost of AU$256 (currently US$305.97/EUR268.43/GBP239.46 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 small frieze from the early 1600s exemplifying an interest of that time in mythological subjects underpinned with eroticism, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
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