104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010  | 
(212) 254-4710  |  Mon - Fri, 10AM - 6PM
Follow Us:
  • We are happy to call you during the auction and place bids on your behalf. To arrange phone bidding, please call Swann's bid department during business hours.

    (212) 254-4710 ext. 0
    Mon - Fri 10AM - 6PM

     

    Or, e-mail a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to phonebids@swanngalleries.com. Be sure to include a phone number where we can reach you.

    Bids may also be submitted via fax. Send a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to (212) 979-1017. You will receive a confirmation before the sale.

    Sale 2507 | Lot 88
    Price Realized: $12,500With Buyer's Premium
    Show Hammer Price
    • Click Image To Enlarge

    • Sale 2507 Lot 88

      REMBRANDT VAN RIJN
      Nude Man Seated on the Ground with One Leg Extended.

      Etching and drypoint, 1646. 98x168 mm; 3 7/8x6 5/8 inches, small margins. Biƶrklund's second state (of 2); Usticke's second state (e) (of 4), with slightly rounded plate corners and traces of burr on the drapery folds; New Hollstein second state (of 3). A superb, early, richly-inked impression with crisp, partially inky plate edges and with warm plate tone; extremely scarce in this early state.

      This is an early impression on China paper laid down to thin Japan paper. Hinterding records only one other early impression like the current work on China paper, now in the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum, Braunschweig.

      Hinterding notes that Rembrandt began to regularly use various Asian papers from around the late 1640s onward in his career. He writes that these papers had an "extremely regular, almost silk-like texture" were "generally yellower and brighter than western paper" and there was a "thinner, pale yellow variant generally referred to today as 'Chinese' paper. There has been very little research into its composition, but the results of a recent fiber analysis suggest that it may be gasenshi paper--a Japanese imiatation of Chinese calligraphy paper."

      He continues, "These special types of paper must have cost Rembrandt a pretty penny, and not just because they were imported from the east. The plant that provided the raw material for the manufacture of gampi paper cannot be cultivated but has to be harvested in the wild, which made the paper very valuable, in Japan as well. For that reason alone, impressions on oriental paper can rightly be regarded as a 'de-luxe edition', although Rembrandt would have been mainly interested in the paper for its printing properties and features," (Hinterding, Rembrandt as an Etcher, 2006, pages 112-14). Bartsch 196; Biƶrklund 46-C; Hollstein (White and Boon) 196.

      Estimate $12,000 - 18,000


      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $12,500