This sale of Old Master Prints offers a wide variety of woodcuts, engravings, etchings and a few early lithographs, covering over five hundred years of European printmaking from around 1470 to the first quarter of the 19th century. The morning session consists of prints from two important private European collections, formed from the 1960s onwards, at the core of which are many fine prints of the Italian Renaissance, Northern Mannerism, chiaroscuro woodcuts and etchings of the School of Fontainebleau, including rare works by and after Raphael, Michelangelo, Parmigianino, Giulio Romano, Hendrick Goltzius, Jacques Callot, Peter Paul Rubens and many others. The afternoon session includes famous subjects by Andrea Mantegna, Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt and Francisco de Goya, as well as lots of rare and unusual works by other printmakers. Some of which are offered without reserve. A very substantial sale of 297 lots, the auction presents an opportunity to acquire some of the most celebrated, intriguing and dramatic images of western art, with estimates ranging from £300 to over £150,000.
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