May 06, 2021 - Sale 2566

Sale 2566 - Lot 94

Price Realized: $ 12,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
The Triumph of Mordecai.

Etching and drypoint, circa 1641. 163x213 mm; 5 1/2x8 1/2 inches, narrow margins. Usticke's first state (e) (of 2), before the addition of aquatint; New Hollstein third state (of 4). Auvergne 1742 watermark (Hinterding Miscellaneous F-c). Ex-collection Rudolph von Seydlitz (Lugt 2283, verso). A very good, well-inked impression with burr on and around the kneeling figure lower left, on the standing figure, on the horse's head, on Mordecai's chest and cap and in the cross-hatching upper left.

According to Schapelhouman, "In spite of its modest dimensions, the Triumph of Mordecai exploits the scope of printmaking to an astonishing degree. It is as if Rembrandt wanted to exhibit the entire spectrum of his technique, from the airiest etched lines in the crowd on the right to the inkiest blacks in the drypoint areas around the superb figure kneeling in the left foreground," (Rembrandt the Printmaker, London, 2000, page 196). Bartsch 40; Biörklund 41-1; Hollstein (White and Boon) 40.