• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7712

    Old Master, Modern & Contemporary Prints

    8 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 40

    Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677)

    A dark Fur Muff; A Muff in five Views (Parthey 1946, 1952)

    Price Realised  


    Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677)
    A dark Fur Muff; A Muff in five Views (Parthey 1946, 1952)
    two etchings, 1647 and 1645-46, both very good impressions, with thread margins, P. 1946 with the tip of the upper left sheet corner made up, a small pale area at the upper left, otherwise in very good condition; P. 1952 in excellent condition, both framed
    S. 85 x 115 mm. (P. 1946)
    S. 80 x 128 mm. (P. 1952) (2)

    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    The series of nine plates depicting muffs '...are justly the best loved and admired of all Hollar's prints, and they constitute his most original contribution to the history of printmaking. The closely laid and expertly bitten lines perfectly suggest the softness and warmth of fur, in which Hollar delighted. The delicacy and closeness of the lines is such that they wore quickly and could scarcely be retouched; consequently fine impressions of them are rare.' Richard Godfrey, Wenceslaus Hollar, A Bohemian Artist in England, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (Ct.), 1995, No. 92 b, pp. 126-7.

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.