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Auction Description for Swann: OLD MASTER THROUGH CONTEMPORARY PRINTS

OLD MASTER THROUGH CONTEMPORARY PRINTS

by Swann Auction Galleries

Platinum House

795 lots with images

November 4, 2004

104 East 25th Street

New York, NY, 10010 USA

Phone: 212.254.4710

Fax: 212 979 1017

Email: swann@swanngalleries.com

GERMAN SCHOOL, 15TH-CENTURY

Lot 1: GERMAN SCHOOL, 15TH-CENTURY

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Description: The Virgin on a Crescent with a Crown of Stars.Dotted metalcut, circa 1460. 155x113 mm; 6 1/8x4 1/2 inches, small margins. Pale scattered soiling. A very good, dark and evenly printed impression of this extremely scarce, early print.The current work is likely of Upper Rhenish origin, as it compares closely to Saint Margaret, metalcut, circa 1460, in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (Schreiber 2697b), and to Saint Bernard of Siena, metalcut, circa 1460, in the Albertina, Vienna (Schreiber 2568). In all 3 prints, the floral filigree background design is almost identical. Field notes, in Fifteenth Century Woodcuts and Metalcuts from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, that these metalcuts by an anonymous printmaker from the Upper Rhine stand apart from the more crudely produced metalcuts at this time, notably in this artist's use of "several sizes of dots carefully articulated to form pictorial patterns rather than the linear designs which were used for the flatter backgrounds." He further states that, "They are distinguished by their large isolated black figures, often silhouetted against the white ground of the paper." Another impression of this print is in the Bibliothèque Nationale, see Les Deux Cents Incunables Xylographiques, 1903, number 67. cf. Schreiber 2497; Heitz, Einblattdrucke, Band 33, n. 109.

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ISRAEL VAN MECKENEM

Lot 2: ISRAEL VAN MECKENEM

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Description: The Miller.Engraving, circa 1490. 78x115 mm; 3 1/8x4 1/2 inches. Ex-collection the Albertina (Lugt 88, verso). Trimmed inside the plate mark, horizontal and vertical flattened folds.This print is based on Schongauer's engraving of the same subject (Bartsch 89). Bartsch 189; Lehrs 470.

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MICHAEL WOLGEMUT (publisher)

Lot 3: MICHAEL WOLGEMUT (publisher)

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Description: Imago mortis (Der Totentanz).Woodcut, 1493. 195x225 mm; 7 3/4x8 7/8 inches, full margins. Double cross watermark (Meder 145). A very good impression.

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MARTIN SCHONGAUER

Lot 4: MARTIN SCHONGAUER

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Description: The Entombment.Engraving, circa 1480. 163x114 mm; 6 1/2x4 1/2 inches. Armorial watermark. Trimmed on the plate mark. A superb, richly-inked impression, printed with clarity overall. Bartsch 18; Lehrs 28.

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MASTER OF THE DEATH OF ABSOLOM (MASTER MG)

Lot 5: MASTER OF THE DEATH OF ABSOLOM (MASTER MG)

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Description: Joshua.Woodcut, 1510. 305x273 mm; 12x10 3/4 inches, small to thread margins. A superb, dark and evenly printed impression of this extremely scarce print.Hollstein lists only 3 known impressions; we have not found another impression at auction in the past 20 years. Hollstein 1.

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