Nov 02, 2021 - Sale 2585

Sale 2585 - Lot 86

Price Realized: $ 11,250
?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, thread margins. Usticke's first state (e) (of 2), before the addition of aquatint; New Hollstein third state (of 4). A superb, well-inked impression with all the details distinct and little to no sign of wear, 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," (see Rembrandt the Printmaker, London, 2000, page 196). Bartsch 40; Biörklund 41-1; Hollstein (White and Boon) 40.