November 3, 2016, 10:30 AM EST
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Lot 147: REMBRANDT VAN RIJN Self Portrait with Saskia.(28 views)
|Your max bid:
The Invaluable Live! SecureBid™ feature ensures you never overpay. Without disclosing your limit to anyone, SecureBid™ places your bids automatically, up to one increment higher than the last in-room bid or preset reserve, until we have reached your maximum bid.Close
(Enter more than $18,750)
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
REMBRANDT VAN RIJN
Self Portrait with Saskia.
Etching, 1636. 105x94 mm; 4 1/8x3 3/4 inches, thread margins. Biörklund's second state (of 3); Usticke's second state (e) (of 6), with the horizontal scratch across Saskia's chest distinct; White and Boon's second state (of 3); New Hollstein second state (of 4). A superb, dark and evenly-printed impression with very strong contrasts and with no signs of wear in the most densely cross-hatched areas, notably the dark shading beneath Rembrandt's hat.
Rembrandt married Saskia van Uylenburgh (1612-1642), who came from a prominent Leeuwarden family (her father was a lawyer and town leader), in 1634. They had likely met at the Amsterdam home of Saskia's uncle, Hendrick van Uylenburgh, a painter and art dealer. Rembrandt and Saskia had four children, three of whom died shortly after birth; only their son Titus survived into adulthood. Tragically, Saskia died the year after Titus was born, in Amsterdam, aged 29, probably from tuberculosis. Bartsch 19; Biörklund 36-B; Hollstein (White and Boon) 19.