• Old Master Prints auction at Christies

    Sale 7781

    Old Master Prints

    8 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 68

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    The Fourth Oriental Head (B., Holl. 289; H. 134)

    Price Realised  


    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
    The Fourth Oriental Head (B., Holl. 289; H. 134)
    etching, circa 1635, without watermark, a very good impression of this scarce print, second state (of three), a partial thread margin below, trimmed on the platemark at the left and right and approximately 6 mm. into the blank area above, a light diagonal crease, mainly visible verso, with defects at the upper corners due to former mounting, the upper right corner skilfully repaired and a thin spot at the upper left corner, a few pinpoint foxmarks and some minor staining in places, otherwise in good condition
    S. 151 x 135 mm.

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    The Mead Collection, almost forgotten now, was one of the most important private print collections of the late 19th century in the United States. Formed from 1860 on, it eventually comprised nearly six thousand prints, spanning five centuries of art history, from Dürer and Rembrandt to Kandinsky and Kollwitz, and contained many rare and fine impressions. Almost the entire collection was sold in 1916 to Herschel V. Jones and given to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where it provided a core to the newly established graphic arts collection.
    Only a few prints remained with the family, including the present one, which has not been on the market since William Mead Ladd acquired it in the 19th century.

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    William Mead Ladd (1855-1931), Portland (Oregon) (without mark and not in Lugt).
    Then by descent to the present owners.