Nov 03, 2015 - Sale 2396

Sale 2396 - Lot 353

Price Realized: $ 35,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 50,000
Self-Portrait with Cap Pulled Forward.

Etching, circa 1631. 50x42 mm; 2x1 3/4 inches, narrow margins. Biörklund's third state (of 5), after the reduction of the plate but before the added "zig-zag" line on the left side of the bust; Usticke's third state (of 7); White and Boon's third state (of 5). Ex-collection unknown collector, Weston (?), ink stamp with the letter "W" verso (Lugt 2595); and unidentified collector, two different ink stamps with the initials "OP" verso (not in Lugt). A superb, well-inked and early impression of this extremely scarce etching, with strong contrasts and inky plate edges.

According to Usticke, "An extremely rare, small self portrait, RRR+" (Usticke illustrates an impression in reverse, which is evidently either a counter proof from the original plate or the reverse copy he notes in his catalogue).

We have found only 15 other impressions at auction in the past 30 years. Bartsch 319; Biörklund 31-10; Hollstein (White and Boon) 319.