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Pair of Rembrandt Etchings: Self-Portrait In A Flat Cap And Embroidered Dress and The Raising of Lazarus
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $1,856.00
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) was a Dutch painter whose mastery of light and shadow has resulted in his status as one of the most gifted artists in history. In his day, however, he was more renowned for his etchings than his paintings. Rembrandt was a master etcher and considered the greatest in his field. His earliest etchings date from around 1626 and he continued to produce plates right up until the time of his death. It is believed that Rembrandt initially made twenty-five prints of each of his etchings. If the market was strong for that particular etching he would continue to print more until the demand was met. For many etchings that meant literally hundreds of prints, as his work was extremely popular during his day. Over the course of time, as the copper plates wore down, Rembrandt would often make alterations in the plate, thus creating a series of "states" for many of the etchings. Because of their attractive nature and skillful craftsmanship, Rembrandt etchings have always been a highly valued collectible, even at the time of their issue. As a result, impressions (taken from the remaining original plates) continued to be made well after Rembrandt's death. Today those etchings offer collectors the opportunity to acquire an authentic Rembrandt at an affordable price. It is estimated that Rembrandt made approximately 290 plates during his career, with roughly 79 having survived to this day. Because of the vast number of etchings and various states for each, a systematic study of Rembrandt's etchings has been made by numerous scholars over the years. One of the earliest was done in 1797 by Austrian museum curator Adam Bartsch. Today, his designation of Rembrandt etchings is still the most commonly used by reference works (e.g., the abbreviation B. 100 after a Rembrandt etching signifies Bartsch 100). Later other scholars, in particular White and Boon, have further researched Rembrandt's works in order to determine the different states, the sequences involved and whether the prints were produced by Rembrandt, his students, or by others using his plates after his death. Offered are two Rembrandt etchings, one a self portrait, and the other a biblical scene. The date given in the description is the approximate date for the manufacture of the original plate, not the date of the printing. The date of printing for each is not known; however, they are both posthumous impressions. 1) Self-Portrait In A Flat Cap And Embroidered Dress, c. 1642, B. 26, first and only state, signed by the artist in the plate, 2.75 x 4 inches. Excellent to Mint condition. Mounted and framed to total dimensions of 16 x 17 inches. 2) The Raising of Lazarus, c. 1630, B. 73, believed to be the tenth and final state, signed by the artist in the plate, 10 x 14 inches, Excellent condition, with a slight horizontal crease in the center touching upon the image of Christ. Mounted and framed to total dimensions of 20 x 24 inches. This etching is believed to have been produced at roughly the same time as Rembrandt's famous oil painting of the same name that now hangs in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Total: 2 framed Rembrandt etchings. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $1,856.00
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