HEINRICH ALDEGREVER (1502-1561)
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HEINRICH ALDEGREVER (1502-1561)

Fortune

Details
HEINRICH ALDEGREVER (1502-1561)
Fortune
engraving, 1555, on laid paper, without watermark, a good but slightly later impression of this rare print, trimmed to or just outside the subject, two repaired tears at upper right, the upper sheet edge partially made-up, some foxmarks
Sheet 114 x 80 mm.
Provenance
Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Kupferstichkabinett (Lugt 451a); their sale, C. G. Boerner, Leipzig, 10 May 1929 and following days, lot 11 ('Interessantes und nicht häufiges Blättchen in sehr schönem Abdruck').
Karl & Faber, Munich, 26 April 2013, lot 1.
With Helmut Rumbler Kunsthandel, Frankfurt am Main.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2013.
Literature
Bartsch, Hollstein, New Hollstein 143
Special notice

This lot has been imported from outside of the UK for sale and placed under the Temporary Admission regime. Import VAT is payable at 5% on the hammer price. VAT at 20% will be added to the buyer’s premium but will not be shown separately on our invoice.

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Lot Essay

Aldegrever's Fortune is a reinterpretation of Albrecht Dürer's famous, large engraving Nemesis of 1502 (see lot 156). He greatly reduced it in scale, turned the figure to a frontal view, and replaced the dramatic mountainous landscape with a more tranquil coastal scenery. Interesting is the addition of the dead serpent held by the figure in her left hand, an iconographical detail not present in Dürer's print. This engraving of the goddess of chance and luck may be Aldegrever's last engraving.

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