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    Sale 11965

    Fifty Prints by Rembrandt van Rijn A Private English Collection

    5 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 40

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    The Ringball Player ('Het Klosbaantje')

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    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
    The Ringball Player ('Het Klosbaantje')
    etching, 1654, on laid paper, without watermark, a very fine impression of the first state (of two), printing with light wiping marks, the foul-biting at upper left very prominent, with thread margins, a small made-up paper loss at lower left, otherwise in good condition
    Plate 94 x 143 mm., Sheet 96 x 146 mm.

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    In 1654 Rembrandt focused on a series of prints depicting Christ’s youth (see lots 35, 36, 37, 38 & 39). While adhering to the same horizontal plate format, this present depiction of an old Netherlandish game is the only print of a secular subject that he made that year. The game shown here was called klossen (now known as beugelen), and was played in klossenbaantjes (ringball alleys), that were usually to be found at inns. The rules involved iron hoops and knocking your opponent’s ball into the gutter, like an indoor version of croquet. The figure in the foreground appears to be relaxing away from the drama of the game behind him, although the lack of refreshment on the table and his slightly despondent demeanour suggests he may be an early victim of the competition that continues without him.

    The present impression is superior to the Cracherode impression of the first state in the British Museum.


    The Carlyon Family, Tregrehan House, Cornwall.
    With Colnaghi, London (their stock number R. 560 in pencil verso); bought from the above in 1958.
    Acquired from the above, 26 September 1961 (£50).


    Bartsch, Hollstein 125; Hind 272; New Hollstein 282 (I/2).