May 06, 2021 - Sale 2566

Sale 2566 - Lot 102

Price Realized: $ 18,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
The Flute Player.

Etching and drypoint, 1642. 114x143 mm; 4 1/2x5 5/8 inches, thread margins. Biörklund's fifth state (of 5); Usticke's fifth state (of 5); New Hollstein fourth state (of 4). A very good, well-inked impression with strong contrasts.

According to Usticke, "A scarce plate (R+)."

The figure of the lascivious male flute player, a popular folk-tale character from the early 16th century onward, was well-known to Dutch art connoisseurs in Rembrandt's time as the Eulenspiegel (or Owl-glass), and Rembrandt has conspicuously placed a tame owl on the shepherd's shoulder in this etching to further the point. The Eulenspiegel was known to be a wily, shifty character, whom Rembrandt has represented here with a flute suggestively directed at the seated shepherdess while he steals a glance beneath the hem of her dress. Bartsch 188; Biörklund 32-D; Hollstein (White and Boon) 188.