Nov 12, 2020 - Sale 2550

Sale 2550 - Lot 83

Price Realized: $ 20,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000
Christ before Pilate: Large Plate.

Etching, engraving and drypoint, 1635-36. 550x447 mm; 21 5/8x17 5/8 inches. Biörklund's fourth state (of 5); Usticke's third state (of 4); White and Boon's fourth state (of 5). Strasburg Lily watermark (Ash/Fletcher 36 C.d., which they cite for this print; there is another fourth state impression of this subject with a nearly identical watermark in the Art Institute of Chicago). Ex-collection Rudolf Peltzer (Lugt 2231, verso). With narrow to thread margins or trimmed on the plate mark, with the complete lower margin preserved. A brilliant, luminous, richly-inked impression of this large, scarce etching, with very strong contrasts and no sign of wear in even the most densely cross-hatched areas and with all the details distinct, and traces of burr in the folds of the curtain upper right.

There is also a grisaille painting of this subject by Rembrandt, dated 1634, in the National Gallery, London. Rembrandt included a self-portrait in this etching, one of his largest and most complex prints, in the upper center behind the group of men on the terrace to the left of Christ (the head with the plumed hat). Bartsch 77; Biörklund 35-K; Hollstein (White and Boon) 77.