In Non-inverted Rendition
Teniers II, David (1610 Antwerp 1690). The Four Elements in Large Figures. Set of 4 sheet in engraving at Johann Georg Hertel I (1760 still alive) or II in Augsburg. Inscribed: D. Teniers, pinx. / (publishing no.) 37 / Ioh. Georg Hertel, exc. Aug. V(ind[el].) / 1. (to 4.), as well as the sheet’s title along with quatrain. C. 22 x 14.7 cm.
L’AIR — The Air
The Falconer . With the hooded falcon, accompanied by two hounds, leaving the hamlet behind.
L’EAU — The Water
The Fishermen . Dominantly in front one with fur cap, pulling the big fish behind à la Tobias with the Angel. On both sides reset groups of four fishermen hauling in the net and three emptying the basket resp. Architecture on the right.
LE FEU — The Fire
The Two Blacksmiths . At forge & anvil.
LA TERRE — The Earth
The Peasants . Dominantly in front before the cottage one with spade. Laterally smaller reset two men cutting down grain with sickles and a woman working on the ground. In the middle distance the church, on an elevation laterally right supposedly the manor.
Supposedly pirate copy after Jacques-Philippe Le Bas’s (1707 – Paris 1783; Le Blanc 138-141; IFF 352-355) equal-sized set of engravings in reverse , thereby yet again
in the same direction as Teniers ,
the hooded falcon thus on the raised right , the fishermen pulling the rope with the right , the blacksmiths holding with the left, acting with the right , the peasants wielding the sickle with the right . In reverse, too, yet without the quatrains Gaetano Testolini’s (flourishing in Paris & London about 1760 – after 1818) likewise equal-sized engravings (cf. Schwerdt III, 170; only L’Air).
The white margins above & below c. 8-8.5 , laterally c. 4-4.5 cm wide. In the white upper margin of the falconer sheet isolated quite feeble little spots, with the peasant sheet faint grey spot in the right white margin as well as backed little tear.
Offer no. 15,785 / EUR 670. / export price EUR 637. (c. US$ 706.) + shipping
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