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Antonio Tempesta, Antelope Hunt with Cheetah

Tempesta, Antonio (Florence 1555 – Rome 1630). Antelope Hunt in India. Below palms in mountainous scenery with cheetah. Front left a hunter leashes a cheetah at the killed antelope, his horse with the special box for the cheetah behind the saddle dominating the center of the subject. In the middle distance the chase still goes on, on the right further mounted huntsmen with javelins lined up. In the back on the left further ones on foot, partly with bow & arrow. Etching by or for Claes Jansz. Visscher de Jonghe (1586 Amsterdam 1652). (1639.) 3⅞ × 5½ in (9.8 × 14 cm).

Schwerdt II, 251 (“proof impressions”). – On fine, wide-margined laid paper with coat-of-arms watermark as presumably countermark to the coat-of-arms watermark of several further sheets of the set present here.

Highly  instructive  and  also  painterly  sheet

from the second part of the 32-sheet set of the Aucupationis Multifariæ Effegies Artificiosissimé depictæ et inventæ ab Antonio Tempesta Florentino and present here as with Schwerdt in

early  impression  before  the  letter

with just the number “15” on the right below within the subject from the collection “EK” not identified by Lugt with its small black round monogram stamp on the back (ligated, Lugt 3549, drawings and prints of the 17th to 19th centuries) as well as erroneous attribution to Christoffel van Sichem “about 1550 – 1600 / Delft – Augsburg” in pencil. – Contrary to most sheets of the set with but narrow platemark below.

Offer no. 28,563 / EUR  139. (c. US$ 161.) + shipping


„ … wartete das (Eulen-)AHA auf mich … Das Foto von den Waldohreulen(-Jungen in Ihrem Garten) fand ich sehr gelungen, es fügt sich nahtlos in die Stiche ein. Ein wenig beneide ich Sie, denn mir (als aktivem Waidmann) war es bisher nicht vergönnt, diese Tiere in freier Wildbahn zu erleben. Niemeyers Garten ist tatsächlich ein heimlicher Wildpark “

(Herr P. D., 1. Juli 2015)