Old Master & 19th Century Paintings Evening Auction

Old Master & 19th Century Paintings Evening Auction

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Property from the Estate of George Embiricos

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

Christ Presented to the People: Oblong Plate

Auction Closed

December 6, 06:47 PM GMT


400,000 - 600,000 GBP

Lot Details


Property from the Estate of George Embiricos

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam

Christ Presented to the People: Oblong Plate

Drypoint, 1655, a fine impression of New Hollstein’s fifth state (of eight), before the later reworking of the lower portion of the plate, printing with great éclat and sculptural effect, rich burr articulating the spatial planes and highlighting the dramatis personae, on laid paper without watermark

plate: 35.7 x 45.6 cm.; 14 x 18 in.sheet: 36.1 x 46.2 cm.; 14 ⅛ x 18 ⅛ in.

framed: 61 x 69 cm.; 24 x 27 ⅛ in.

Joseph William Baxendale (1848–1915);

By whose estate sold (‘Property of the Estate of the Late Joseph William Baxendale, Esq.’), London, Sotheby’s, 12 November 1959, lot 120;

Where acquired by Craddock & Bernard, London;

From whom presumably directly acquired by The 10th Viscount Downe (1903–1965);

His sale (‘The Property of the Rt. Hon. The Viscount Downe removed from Wykeham Abbey, Yorkshire’), London, Sotheby’s, 26 November 1970, lot 79 (described as ‘a fine, well printed impression with considerable burr’);

Where acquired by George Embiricos (1920-2011), New York;

Thence by descent to the present owner.

A.M. Hind, Rembrandt’s Etchings: an Essay and a Catalogue, London 1912, vol. II, no. 271 (another impression reproduced);

C. White and K.G. Boon, Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, Amsterdam 1969, vol. XVIII, p. 41, no. 76 (another impression reproduced);

E. Hinterding, G. Luijten, and M. Royalton-Kisch, Rembrandt the Printmaker, exh. cat., London and Amsterdam 2000, no. 78 (another impression reproduced);

C.S. Ackley, T. E. Rassieur et al. Rembrandt’s journey: painter, draftsman, exh. cat., Boston 2004, no. 174 (another impression reproduced);

E. Hinterding and J. Rutgers, The New Hollstein, Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts: 1450-1700, Ouderkerk aan den IJssel 2013, vol. II, p. 129, no. 290 (another impression reproduced).

The present work is superior to the Smith impression at the British Museum, while it compares well with the Malcolm impression (the latter is slightly richer in places, though the Embiricos impression prints with more clarity overall).