29 January 2019
REMBRANDT HARMENSZ. VAN RIJN (1606-1669)
Saskia with Pearls in her Hair
etching, 1634, on laid paper, with a small watermark fragment, a very fine impression of New Hollstein’s first state (of two), even the finest lines printing very clearly and with good contrasts, with narrow margins, generally in very good condition
Plate 86 x 67 mm., Sheet 88 x 69 mm.
Dr Maximilian Wellner, Prague, with his blindstamp recto (Lugt 1921).
Unidentified written initials W and HA. verso.
With Craddock & Barnard, London.
Gordon W. Nowell-Usticke (1894-1978), Christiansted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands (without mark and not in Lugt); acquired from the above; his sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 31 October - 1 November 1967, lot 54 ($1,700).
Acquired at the above sale; then by descent to the present owner.
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Bartsch, Hollstein 347; Hind 112; New Hollstein 136
The present impression compares favourably to the equally fine Cracherode impression in the British Museum. The dark areas of the Cracherode impression have however been strengthened with grey wash, especially in the hair and eyes.