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16th Century GERMAN SCHOOL, An Imperial knight in armour. Woodcut. This print is for sale, priced £500 JEAN DE SAINT-IGNY, Rouen 1595/1600 – post 1649 Paris and ABRAHAM BOSSE, Tours 1602/16104 – 1676 Paris. Un Homme marchant vers le droite, A Man walking towards the right, reading from a book. Etching, c1629. This print is for sale, priced £225 GIOVANNI BENEDETTO CASTIGLIONE, Genoa 1616 – 1664 Mantua. Man in a Fur Hat with a Feather. Original etching, c1640’s. This print is sold.
STEFANO DELLA BELLA, Florence 1610 – 1664 Florence and ABRAHAM BOSSE, Tours 1602/16104 – 1676 Paris. The Four Seasons. A set of four etchings, c1641. These prints are for sale, priced £400 STEFANO DELLA BELLA, Florence 1610 – 1664 Florence and ABRAHAM BOSSE, Tours 1602/16104 – 1676 Paris. The Four Seasons. A set of four etchings, c1641. These prints are for sale, priced £400 STEFANO DELLA BELLA, Florence 1610 – 1664 Florence and ABRAHAM BOSSE, Tours 1602/16104 – 1676 Paris. The Four Seasons. A set of four etchings, c1641. These prints are for sale, priced £400 STEFANO DELLA BELLA, Florence 1610 – 1664 Florence and ABRAHAM BOSSE, Tours 1602/16104 – 1676 Paris. The Four Seasons. A set of four etchings, c1641. These prints are for sale, priced £400
M SCHAEP after BARTHOLOMAUS BREENBERGH, Deventer 1598 – 1657 Amsterdam. Wayfarers passing a ruined house. Etching, 1648. JAN VAN DER BRUGGEN, Brussels c1649 – 1690 Paris. A drunken nightcap. Mezzotint, c1680’s. This print is for sale, priced £750 JOHANNES CHRISTIAAN JANSON, Leyden 1763 – 1823 The Haghe. Figures in Conversation at the side of a Track. Original etching. This print is for sale, priced £150

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16th Century GERMAN SCHOOL, An Imperial knight in armour. Woodcut. This print is for sale, priced £500

16th Century GERMAN SCHOOL

An Imperial knight in armour, with his Dog, amidst an array of Weaponry
175 x 149 mm
Woodcut.
On laid paper watermarked with the letter ‘K’ in a circle, similar to that found on the 1570-1590 edition of Der Weisskunig (“The White King”, autobiography of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I).
Repaired loss to the top blank right corner and related borderline.
Old hinges verso and other small defects.

£500

An emblematic portrait of a master of the art of warfare, identified by devices of four compasses or dividers, and of a bird. Among the weapons depicted are a mortar, a cannon, a sword, pikes, and caltrops.

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JEAN DE SAINT-IGNY, Rouen 1595/1600 – post 1649 Paris and ABRAHAM BOSSE, Tours 1602/16104 – 1676 Paris. Un Homme marchant vers le droite, A Man walking towards the right, reading from a book. Etching, c1629. This print is for sale, priced £225

Designer and publisher JEAN DE SAINT-IGNY
Rouen 1595/1600 – post 1649 Paris
and
ABRAHAM BOSSE
Tours 1602/16104 – 1676
Paris

Jean de Saint-Igny was a painter and draughtsman just a few years older than Bosse. Early in both their careers, and perhaps inspired by Jacques Callot’s series of La Noblesse Lorraine etched about 1620-1623, Saint-Igny commissioned Bosse to etch his costume designs of the French nobility, which he published, as Le Jardin de la Noblesse de France, in 1629.

About the same period they also collaborated on another series showing, in twelve plates, the dress worn by fashionable men and women in church, La Noblesse française à l’église (Blum 926-937, Duplessis 1323).

Bosse’s father was a tailor, and all Bosse’s etchings depict clothes in great detail.

Un Homme marchant vers le droite
A Man walking towards the right,
Harvey-Lee reading from a book

150 x 96 mm
Etching, c1629, one of La Noblesse française à l’église.
The plate lettered by Bosse as being designed and published by Saint-Igny and etched by Bosse.
The plate unevenly trimmed, a thread margin at left and top and cut just into the plate on the other sides, losing part of Bosse’s name.

£225

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GIOVANNI BENEDETTO CASTIGLIONE, Genoa 1616 – 1664 Mantua. Man in a Fur Hat with a Feather. Original etching, c1640’s. This print is sold.

GIOVANNI BENEDETTO CASTIGLIONE
Genoa 1616 – 1664 Mantua

Though an admired painter in his day too, it was as a draughtsman, an etcher, and as the inventor of monotype, that Castiglione established a lasting reputation.

Whereas usually it was Northern artists who were influenced by Italy, Castiglione exceptionally was very open to the influence of contemporary artists from the north of Europe; particularly van Dyck, Rubens, both of whom worked for periods in Italy, and Rembrandt, who did not.

Castiglione took up etching during his stay in the cosmopolitan port of Genoa in the 1640’s. His two series, large and small, of oriental heads, probably date from the late 1640’s, after he had returned to Rome. They are particularly reminiscent of Rembrandt’s ‘Oriental Heads’, c1635, themselves based on a set of ‘tronie’ (study) heads by Jan Lievens, c1631.

Man in a Fur Hat with a Feather
Bartsch 49
183 x 148 mm
Original etching, c. late 1640’s.
The plate signed.
One of the series of six large Oriental Heads.
A 19th century impression on thin laid paper.
Trimmed to the plate.

Sold

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STEFANO DELLA BELLA, Florence 1610 – 1664 Florence and ABRAHAM BOSSE, Tours 1602/16104 – 1676 Paris. The Four Seasons. A set of four etchings, c1641. These prints are for sale, priced £400

STEFANO DELLA BELLA
Florence 1610 – 1664 Florence
and
ABRAHAM BOSSE
Tours 1602/16104 – 1676 Paris

Della Bella spent the years 1639-1650 in Paris. This set of the Four Seasons was probably etched about 1641 and is another example of a collaboration involving Abraham Bosse.

The allegorical figures were etched by della Bella and presumably it was the publisher Israel Henriet (c1590-1661) who commissioned Bosse to etch the surrounding ornamental ‘frames’.

The Four Seasons
De Vesme (della Bella) 83 – 86
Each 94 x 51 mm
The set of four etchings, c1641, with the ‘address’ of the publisher Israel.
Later impressions, trimmed to the plates, each with a narrow border beyond the borderline.

£400

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M SCHAEP after BARTHOLOMAUS BREENBERGH, Deventer 1598 – 1657 Amsterdam. Wayfarers passing a ruined house. Etching, 1648.

M SCHAEP
Dutch etcher and publisher active 1648-1649
(Little is know of Schaep beyond the two series of twelve etchings which he made after Breenbergh and Cornelis de Waal respectively.)
after
BARTHOLOMAUS BREENBERGH
Deventer 1598 – 1657 Amsterdam

Breenbergh went to Rome about 1619, where he was one of the founders of the Bentvueghels, the society of northern artists in Rome. His club nickname was Het Fret (The Ferret). He stayed nearly a decade in Italy.

Some two hundred drawings of Rome, the Campagna and Bomarzo are known, almost all made between 1624 and 1629.

He was particularly attracted by the picturesque qualities of ruins. It was only a further decade on, in c1639, after his return to the Netherlands, that Breenbergh made sensitive delicate etchings from about fifty-two of his Italian drawings.

Schaep’s series of etchings were published in 1648, in Breenbergh’s lifetime, with the title Diversa Antiquitatis Vestigia, Quorum. Inventor BBreenburgh. Facta a M Schaep (Divers antique remains. Invented by B.Breenbergh. Made by M.Schaep).

Wayfarers passing a ruined house
Hollstein 9 i/ii
123 x 92 mm
Etching, 1648.
A good impression, before the addition of the plate number.
From the series of twelve, including title, Various Roman Ruins.
Trimmed on the platemark.

Sold

The original Breenbergh drawing, naturally in reverse, is in the Rijks Museum. The subject is reminiscent of other Breenbergh drawings of Bomarzo.

Breenbergh had been commissioned in the early 1620’s for drawings of the ducal lands of the third Duke of Bracciano, who had inherited the title in 1615. After his marriage in 1621 he adorned his castle with antiquities and art. He also commissioned various portraits in different media, as well as drawings of his estates.

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JAN VAN DER BRUGGEN, Brussels c1649 – 1690 Paris. A drunken nightcap. Mezzotint, c1680’s. This print is for sale, priced £750

JAN VAN DER BRUGGEN
Brussels c1649 – 1690 Paris

A mezzotint engraver who published his own plates, van der Bruggen’s career was largely spent in Paris.

(A drunken night cap)
219 x 177 mm
Mezzotint, c1680’s, the plate signed with initials.
After and in reverse of the engraving, 1670, by Hendrik Bary (Hollstein 11, Luijtens & de Jonghe Mirror of Everyday Life p.338,fig.2); itself after a lost drawing, 1664, by Frans Mieris.
A fine impression, with thread margins.
Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in a shield.

£750

The Bary engraving was lettered with the admonishing title, taken from Proverbs (20,1), “Wine is a mocker”.

A young woman in a drunken stupor is being, in the 17th century Netherlands saying ‘crowned with a piss-pot’ (fortunately empty in this instance) by a drunken fool; a subject popular in Dutch art and theatre, with a classical source in the story of Socrates being drenched by his angry wife Xanthippe.

The lasting popularity of the satire is attested in at least two further mezzotint copies or versions of the Bary engraving; a direct copy, like the Van der Bruggen in reverse of the Bary, by an engraver with the initials JHL, c1690 and an anglicized English variant, in the other direction, by James Wilson, published by 1772, with the title Dick Funny and Mrs Drowsy or the Punch Bowl Night Cap.

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JOHANNES CHRISTIAAN JANSON, Leyden 1763 – 1823 The Haghe. Figures in Conversation at the side of a Track. Original etching. This print is for sale, priced £150

JOHANNES CHRISTIAAN JANSON
Leyden 1763 – 1823 The Haghe

Janson was a landscape, genre and portrait painter, and an etcher, in the Dutch 17th century tradition.

According to the Bénézit Dictionary, Janson was the pupil of his father and their biographies are similar in that each was in the Dutch army before setting up as an artist. Johannes Christiaan served in 1795 but left the army when Revolutionary France successfully took over Holland as part of the Anglo-French war. He established himself as a painter and etcher in The Haghe.

Figures in Conversation at the side of a Track
138 x 162 mm
Original etching. The plate signed.
On laid paper trimmed to narrow margins.

£150

Ex collection: A P F Robert-Dumesnil (Lugt 2200)

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