Johann Gotthard von Müller (1747–1830)
“Ceres with Cornucopia”, 1771, from the series, “Bacchus, Venus and Cupid and Ceres”, in reverse direction to the engraving (c1595) by Hendrik Goltzius (aka Hendrick Goltzius) (1558–1617) formerly attributed to Jan Pietersz Saenredam (1565–1607) with verses by Cornelis Schonæus (c1540– 1611) (see https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1854-0513-160 & https://datenbank.museum-kassel.de/110531/).
Engraving on heavy laid paper.
Size: (sheet) 34 x 24.6 cm; (plate) 24.8 x 18.3 cm; (image borderline) 23.3 x 17.5 cm.
Numbered in plate above the image borderline: (left) “2”.
Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “ad exempl: [ligature initials] HGii Sc. [ligature initials] JG Müller 1771”; (centre) “Iam fastidita quercu, iam glande remota,/ Percipe frugiferæ munera grata Deæ.”; (right) “C. Schonæus. C. 5.”
Copy in reverse to New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 146; Hollstein 68; TIB 4.67; Hirschmann 136 (Kopie b); Strauss (Goltzius) 338.
Condition: a richly inked and well-printed (near faultless) impression with serviceable margins in an excellent (near pristine) condition for the considerable age of the print with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or significant signs of handling.
I am selling this very strong and beautiful engraving after Goltzius’ composition, for the total cost of AU$439 in total (currently US$310.84/EUR294.46/GBP251.91at the time of posting 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 graphically arresting engraving showing Ceres—the goddess of grain crops (hence the symbolic loves of bead in the lower corners) and agricultural abundance (hence the cornucopia she holds)—holding a scythe around the head of her young daughter, Proserpina, who holds up a bouquet of flowers, please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.