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Saturday 28 January 2023

(attrib.) Gregor Fentzel’s engraving, “Summer”, c1650, after Adriaen Collaert and Maarten de Vos

(attrib.) Gregor Fentzel (aka Gregorius Fentzel) (fl. 1640–1660)

“Summer” (aka “Aestas Cereri s”; “The Summer of Ceres”; “Æstas”), c1650, from the series of four plates published in Nuremburg, “The Four Seasons”, after Adriaen Collaert’s (c1560–1618) engraving in the same direction, c1587–88, after the design by Maarten de Vos (aka Maarten de Vos; Maerten de Vos) (1532–1603).

Engraving on fine laid paper with watermark (viz. Rod of Asclepius terminating in ligature “MM” [presumably a French watermark—see a similar design, but with different lower letters, in WA Churchill’s 1935, “Watermarks in Paper”, Amsterdam, Menno Hertzberger, p. CCCLXXXII, no. 518 (w/m dated to 1628)]).

Size: (sheet) 25.4 x 29.5 cm; (plate) 21.6 x 26.4 cm; (image borderline) 19.4 x 25.9 cm.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline in two columns of two lines of German with title in the centre.

Hollstein 1408–1411 copy e (de Vos).

The British Museum offers the following description of Adriaen Collaert’s engraving of the same design: “Summer: Ceres holding a sickle sitting on piles of wheat observing scenes of harvesting and sheep shearing; in the sky the zodiac symbols of Cancer, Leo and Virgo; plate 2; after Maarten de Vos. Engraving” (

Condition: a well-printed impression with no sign of wear to the printing plate in near pristine condition for its considerable age with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing.

I am selling this beautiful and graphically animated engraving showing in the foreground, the goddess of agriculture, Ceres, with a sickle in her hand and seated beside a bountiful harvest, while in the background peasants are at work in the fields with the relevant zodiac signs of the season (viz. Cancer, Leo and Virgo) displayed in the sky, for the total cost of AU$312 (currently US$221.72/EUR203.89/GBP178.88 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 rare engraving following the designs of Adriaen Collaert and Maarten de Vos, 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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