HENDRICK GOLTZIUS | HERCULES AND CACUS (BARTSCH 231; STRAUSS 403; BIALLER 25II/III)
Property from a Private Collection
1558 - 1617
HERCULES AND CACUS (BARTSCH 231; STRAUSS 403; BIALLER 25II/III)
Chiaroscuro woodcut from three blocks, printed in black, brown and ochre, 1588, a very good impression, the tone blocks printing richly, though the line block printing dryly in places, Strauss’s second or third state (of four) (before Janssen’s address or with the address trimmed off), Bialler's I or III states (of VI), printing with very strong relief, unframed
sheet: 413 by 335mm 16¼ by 13⅛in
With narrow to thread margins, in generally good condition, the lower left corner made up and touched in with pen and ink, the usual drying fold split and supported at the sides (approx. 9cm at left and 3.5cm at right), two tiny splits along the drying fold, a further tiny split towards the upper right sheet edge (perhaps associated with the heavy relief), three small retouched areas in the genitals of Hercules, Cacus and the nude figure upper left, a minor white accretion towards the lower left and lower sheet edges, a few minor creases, unframed.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.
Ex coll. Art Institute of Chicago duplicate (L. 32b and L.702h); Sotheby's New York. 11 May 1995, lot 60