Lot 1
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After Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 GBP
bidding is closed

Description

  • After Pieter Bruegel the Elder
  • The Seven Virtues (Bastelaer, Hollstein 132-138; New Hollstein 13-19;¬†Lebeer 31-37)
  • Seven engravings on paper
  • each sheet approx.: 222 by 291mm 8 3/4 by 11 7/8 in
The complete set, comprising seven engravings by Philips Galle, 1559-60, fine, uniform impressions of the first states (of two) and only states, on paper with a countermark S, each framed

Provenance

Sale, Christie's London, 7 December 1977, lot 113, £4,400, where acquired by the present owner

Condition

Trimmed to or on the borderlines, in good condition, with some discoloration verso (only occasionally faintly visible recto), laid to the mount along the sheet edges, imperfections to individual sheets are: Faith (New Holl. 13) - a tiny surface loss on the second visible arch from the left, a small surface defect at upper right. Hope (New Holl. 14) - a short tear in the text at bottom, some slight surface soiling in the lower right. Charity (New Holl. 15) - a small skinned area verso (the flap of paper still in place), a tiny surface defect on the leg of the stool at right. Justice (New Holl. 16) - a short vertical printer's crease at the lower right corner. Prudence (New Holl. 17) - a tear at the centre of the lower sheet edge extending 2.8mm in to the subject, a diagonal printer's crease at the lower right of the subject, slight soiling and a small surface defect in the lower right corner, a small surface defect at the upper right. Temperance (New Holl. 19) - two tiny paper punctures in the awning of the gazebo.
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