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In  the  Sign  of  Sagittarius

Qualified  by  Early  Provenance

Merian I, Matthäus (Basle 1593 – Schwalbach 1650). November. Various works of wood cutting under the astrological sign of Sagittarius, a centaur with crossbow. In the background mountain ridge. Etching. Inscribed as above & below. 13.7 x 16.8 cm.

Matthäus Merian I, November / Sagittarius

Provenance

Coll. N.L.

with its black stamp front lower right
Lugt 1977 (probablement ancienne [XVIIe siècle?])

Wüthrich 362 with ills. 158; Hollstein 543; Nagler 48. – November, in contrast to Christ Month often apostrophized as Winter Month, from – my thanks go to Brunswick to Christian von Heusinger (“Congratulation”) – the early and also by himself published set of Months of the Basle years (1620/24), republished by Aubry in Strasbourg (Peter I-III; active c. 1609-1686) to whom a closer relation supposedly dating back to 1610 (pupil of Frdr. Brentel there) existed (“during this time hundreds of small landscape etchings, individual sheets and sets, are created”, Thieme-Becker after M. Ziegert). The preparatory drawing to present November in the Historical Museum Frankfurt/Main. – With Latin-German distich:

“ Tempore quæq. suo. Canas postquam horrida ponit
Bruma niues, uigilat rustica cura foco. ”

Marvelous impression with plate dirt still here and there in the little white plate margin on toned light laid paper with 7 mm margin running around of perfect preservation. Right of the monogram stamp Roman/Arabic collection number in brown ink.

Offer no. 15,444 / EUR  530. / export price EUR  504. (c. US$ 549.) + shipping


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(Frau U. K., 19. August 2011)