Nov 02, 2023 - Sale 2651

Sale 2651 - Lot 42

Price Realized: $ 13,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 12,000 - $ 18,000
Bust of an Old Bearded Man, Looking Down, Three Quarters Right.

Etching, 1631. 122x108 mm; 4 7/8x4 1/4 inches, narrow to thread margins. Biörklund's third state (of 3), after the reduction of the plate at the far right; Usticke's second state (of 3); White and Boon's third state (of 3); New Hollstein's third state (of 3). Partial Strasburg Lily with the initials I. B. watermark (Hinterding Variant A.a.b., which he cites for another similar impression of this subject in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge). A very, strong impression of this extremely scarce etching with little to no sign of wear.

We have found only 15 other impressions at auction in the past 30 years.

Provenance: Martin Foulkes, London (Lugt 1033, lower right recto).

Bartsch 260; Biörklund 31-E; Hollstein (White and Boon) 260; New Hollstein 84.