Lot 150: REMBRANDT VAN RIJN The Fourth Oriental Head.
November 3, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
REMBRANDT VAN RIJN
The Fourth Oriental Head.
Etching, circa 1635. 141x125 mm; 5 5/8x5 inches. Biörklund's second state (of 3); Usticke's first state (of 3); White and Boon's second state (of 3). The three balls of a foolscap watermark. The blank sides to the left, right and above the portrait expertly restored. A very good impression of this extremely scarce etching, with strong contrasts and little to no sign of wear.
This is one of four portraits, from a loose series of "oriental heads," Rembrandt freely interpreted from earlier etchings by his friend and fellow artist Jan Lievens (1607-1674).
We have found only 16 other impressions at auction in the past 30 years. Bartsch 289; Biörklund 35-5; Hollstein (White and Boon) 289.