May 21, 2020 - Sale 2537

Sale 2537 - Lot 200

Price Realized: $ 37,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 25,000 - $ 35,000
Self Portrait Frowning: Bust.

Etching, 1630. 72x60 mm; 2 7/8x2 3/8 inches, narrow margins. Biörklund's third state (of 3); Usticke's second state (of 2), an early impression in this state, with the two parallel horizontal lines in the top part of the hair and above the head only partially burnished and still distinct, though broken; White and Boon's third state (of 3). Ex-collection Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, with their duplicate ink stamps (Lugt 5184 and 5185, verso; according to Lugt, these ink stamps appear on duplicate impressions sold by the museum after 1928); and The Fine Art Society, Ltd., London, with their label, stock number "22" and dated July 18, 1935 in ink. A superb, dark, evenly-printed and well-inked impression of this extremely scarce etching, with strong contrasts and all the fine, delicate lines distinct, consistent with the earliest impressions of this subject.

According to Usticke, "A very scarce portrait, rarely fine (RR-)."

We have found only 12 other impressions at auction in the past 30 years. Bartsch 10; Biörklund 30-M; Hollstein (White and Boon) 10.