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MELCHIOR MEIER, A German engraver probably active in Tuscany c1572 – 1582. Apollo & Marsyas, with the judgement of Midas. This Original engraving, 1581, is for sale, priced £500 RAPHAEL SADELER I, Antwerp 1560 – 1632 Munich. The Supper at Emmaus. This Engraving, 1593, is for sale priced £750 NICOLAES BERCHEM, Haarlem 1620 – 1683 Amsterdam. The Three Cows. Original etching, c1645.
HENDRIK GOLTZIUS, Muhlbracht 1558 – 1616 Haarlem. Agatha Scholiers (?). This Original engraving, c1583, is for sale, priced £950 ROBERT ROBINSON, Active in London from 1674. Died 1706. The ruin’d Temple of Diana. Original mezzotint, c1675 ROBERT ROBINSON, Active in London from 1674. Died 1706. The ruin’d Temple of Apollo. Original mezzotint, c1675

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MELCHIOR MEIER, A German engraver probably active in Tuscany c1572 – 1582. Apollo & Marsyas, with the judgement of Midas. This Original engraving, 1581, is for sale, priced £500

MELCHIOR MEIER
A German engraver probably active in Tuscany
c1572 – 1582

Little is known of Meier’s life. Assumptions have been drawn from the nine engravings known from his hand.

He was possibly a pupil of Martino Rota and/or active in the workshop of Cornelis Cort at Venice and Rome.

Apollo & Marsyas, with the judgement of Midas
Hollstein 7 ii/ii
230 x 314 mm
Original engraving, 1581.
The plate signed with initials, dated and dedicated to Francesco I de’Medici. A good later impression, on laid paper, trimmed to the plate.
A supported tear at the top right.

£500

Meier combines the outcomes of Apollo’s two separate musical competitions, against Marsyas and Pan.
The defeated Marsyas was flayed by Apollo. The defeated Pan received only ignominy, but Midas, who at the contest preferred the rustic pipes of Pan to Apollo’s lyre, was given ass’s ears by the vindictive Apollo.
Meier also shows Apollo threatening Midas with the skin of Marsyas.

The stance of Apollo owes a debt to the antique statue of Apollo Belvedere.

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RAPHAEL SADELER I, Antwerp 1560 – 1632 Munich. The Supper at Emmaus. This Engraving, 1593, is for sale priced £750

 

RAPHAEL SADELER I
Antwerp 1560 – 1632 Munich

The Sadelers were an important Flemish family of engraver-publishers, over three generations.

Raphael and his brother Jan were closely associated and worked together in Cologne, Antwerp, Frankfort, Munich, Verona and Venice. Raphael Sadeler returned permanently to Munich after the death of Jan in Venice in 1600. Their most famous prints have come to be known as the Sadeler Kitchens, and are based on paintings by Jacopo Bassano (1510-92), combining interior and exterior views and setting New Testament biblical narratives in a contemporary kitchen setting, appropriate to the stories.

The Supper at Emmaus
Hollstein 43
237 x 295 mm
Engraving, 1593, after Jacopo Bassano.
The plate signed and dated.
On laid paper.

£750

Christ’s supper with Cleopas and his companions is relegated to the background and the composition mainly focuses on the preparation of the meal.

One of a pair (the other being The Rich Man and the poor Lazarus engraved by Jan Sadeler) produced in Munich 1593, before the brothers went to Italy in 1595. .

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NICOLAES BERCHEM, Haarlem 1620 – 1683 Amsterdam. The Three Cows. This Original etching, c1645, is for sale, priced £850

 

NICOLAES BERCHEM
Haarlem 1620 – 1683 Amsterdam

Berchem spent most of his life in Haarlem and there is no documentary evidence that he visited Italy but his atmospheric landscape etchings are imbued with the light and romantic pastoralism that suggest the influence of Italy.

The Three Cows
Bartsch 3; Hollstein 3 v/viii
175 x 239 mm
Original etching, c1645.
Fifth state of eight, before the publisher de Wit’s address.
Laid paper with a Fool’s Cap watermark.
Thin patch verso.

Sold

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HENDRIK GOLTZIUS, Muhlbracht 1558 – 1616 Haarlem. Agatha Scholiers (?). This Original engraving, c1583, is for sale, priced £950

 

HENDRIK GOLTZIUS
Muhlbracht 1558 – 1616 Haarlem

Engraver, publisher, draughtsman and painter, Goltzius was one of the outstanding figures in Dutch art during the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

He had settled in Haarlem in 1576 -77 as a journeyman engraver; a malformed right hand, caused by a childhood accident, happily turned out to be well-suited to holding a burin, the tool used for engraving.

Initially Goltzius worked for the publisher Philips Galle but in 1582 he established his own publishing house and printmaking workshop. With his friends, Carel van Mander and Cornelis van Haarlem, Goltzius founded an art academy in Haarlem. With life classes, it was also a meeting place for artists to discuss both practice and Mannerist aesthetics.

Agatha Scholiers (?)
Bartsch 210; Hollstein 225 iv/iv
159 x 120 mm
Original engraving, c1583.
The plate signed. Final state, with the nose straightened and its tip rounded.
On laid paper with the countermark: initials IVC.
Fine accidental diagonal scratches on the chin.

£950

Ex collections:
Dr Julius Hofmann (Lugt 1264)
Marcel Mirault (Lugt 1892a)

Traditionally thought to be a portrait of Agatha Scholiers, Goltzius’ mother-in-law, it has been suggested recently that it may be Anna Fullings, Goltzius’ mother.

According to Wikipedia Goltzius’ relations with his wife were not good, which may explain the grim text lines beneath which translate as

What deterioration comes with each passing day
Our parents’ era even more than that of our forebears
has made us still less fit
causing us to produce even more defective progeny


or could he be attacking his mother for not guarding him against the fire that caused the damage to his hand?

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ROBERT ROBINSON, Active in London from 1674. Died 1706. The ruin’d Temple of Diana. Original mezzotint, c1675   ROBERT ROBINSON, Active in London from 1674. Died 1706. The ruin’d Temple of Apollo. Original mezzotint, c1675

 

ROBERT ROBINSON
Active in London from 1674. Died 1706

A member of the Painter-Stainers Guild in London, Robinson made a speciality of large scale wall paintings, some of which survive. He probably took up printmaking in the 1680’s as a side-line, when a market developed for small mezzotints. He initially issued his own plates before they were passed to Isaac Becker (active 1684-88), who added his own name to the plate as publisher. Ultimately the plates passed to John Smith, a pupil of Becker.

The ruin’d Temple of Diana and
The ruin’d Temple of Apollo
Nagler 10 & 11
279 x 188 mm and
253 x 177 mm respectively
The pair of original mezzotints, c1675.
Later (18th century) impressions, on wove paper.

Sold

In Greek myth Apollo and Diana are the twin progeny of Zeus. Apollo was the Sun god and Diana the goddess of the Moon.

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