May 06, 2021 - Sale 2566

Sale 2566 - Lot 86

Price Realized: $ 32,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 50,000
Joseph Telling his Dreams.

Etching and drypoint, 1638. 111x80 mm; 4 3/8x3 1/4 inches, small margins. Biörklund's second state (of 4), with the face of the man in the turban directly behind Joseph unshaded; Usticke's first state (of 5); New Hollstein second state (of 6). The pendant letters BA to a Strasburg Lily watermark (which dates from circa 1638). Ex-collection Alfred Morrison (?), initials in ink (Lugt 144, verso). A brilliant, richly-inked, early impression with all the fine lines distinct and no sign of wear, with burr on the object in the lower left corner, consistent with the earliest impressions of this subject.

Hinterding cites only 32 impressions of this subject in the second state in public collections (and only 3 known proofs in the first state). Bartsch 37; Biörklund 38-E; Hollstein (White and Boon) 37.