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Wednesday 24 April 2024

Adriaen Collaert, “Neptune in a Decorative Frame with Grotesques”, c.1590

Adriaen Collaert (c.1560–1618)

“Neptune in a Decorative Frame with Grotesques” (aka “Medaillon waarin een stroomgod”; “Medallion Showing a River God”), c.1590 (1580–1600), plate 2 from a series of six engravings, “Medallions with Figures from the Judgment of Paris” (aka “Medaillons met figuren uit het Oordeel van Paris”); published by Adriaen Collaert (as inscribed on plate).

Engraving on laid paper trimmed along the platemark and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 13.9 x 9.9 cm.

Inscribed in plate along the lower edge: (centre) “Adrian. Collaert invent. sculp. et excud."

Orn Cat I 61.2 (Irene Margaretha de Groot 1988, “Ornamentprenten in het Rijksprentenkabinet”, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Staatsuitgeverij); SKB 235; New Hollstein VI.308.1677; Guilmard 479.12a.

The Rijksmuseum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art offer descriptions of this print: &

Condition: a slightly silvery impression, trimmed along the platemark and laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. There are chips along the edges and a replenished loss of the lower right corner.

I am selling this sensitively rendered engraving featuring Neptune (or a mythological river god with the attribute of spilling a vase of water and fish) set within an extraordinarily complex frame of ornamentation—note that Zeus is shown on his eagle under a canopy in the lower area with snails advancing on cupids aiming their arrows at tongue-wagging dogs, for AU$310 (currently US $201.72/EUR 188.61/GBP 162.19 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 and gem-like engraving, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

Note that I have listed another engraving from the same series, “Mercury in a Decorative Frame with Grotesques”, that is currently still available:

This print has been sold 

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