Rembrandt Etching of Pieter Haaring Brings a New Record for the Print

With an offering from the past five centuries, our October 29, 2019 sale of Old Master Through Modern Prints brought collectors exceptional works from key artists and included Rembrandt etchings from the John Villarino Collection.

 

Rembrandt van Rijn

 
Rembrandt van Rijn, Pieter Haaring, etching, drypoint & burin, 1655.
Rembrandt van Rijn, Pieter Haaring, etching, drypoint & burin, 1655. Sold for $81,250, a record for the print.
 

Rembrandt was the highest-selling old master in the sale with seven etchings selling among the top 20. Leading the auction was Pieter Haaring, etching, 1655—the scarce lifetime impression brought a record for the print at $81,250. One of the earliest dated landscape etchings by Rembrandt Landscape with a Cottage and a Large Tree, 1641, saw a price of $40,000.

“Certainly the highlight of the Old Masters was the distinguished John Villarino collection of Rembrandt etchings, with 25 lots from the collection finding buyers internationally, for a total of more than $275,000.”

Todd Weymann
 
Rembrandt van Rijn, A Beggar Seated on a Bank, etching & drypoint, 1630.
Rembrandt van Rijn, A Beggar Seated on a Bank, etching & drypoint, 1630. Sold for $60,000.
 

Most notable from the collection was A Beggar Seated on a Bank, 1630, a likely early self-portrait of the artist that earned $60,000; A Beggar with a Cripples Hand Leaning on a Stick, circa 1630, set a new record for the etching at $15,000; Two Tramps, a Man and a Woman, circa 1634, realized $14,063; and sheet studies from 1632 and 1641-42 brought $21,250 and $35,000, respectively.

 
 

Old Masters

“A significant focus of this auction was the selection of Old Master prints, which at $900,000 accounted for nearly half the day’s total, indicating that the market for old master prints, for which Swann is the only auction house in the U.S. to devote semiannual auctions, is still relevant despite the ascendancy of contemporary art.”

Todd Weymann
 
Albrecht Dürer, Samson Fighting with the Lion, woodcut, circa 1496-97.
Albrecht Dürer, Samson Fighting with the Lion, woodcut, circa 1496-97. Sold for $21,250.
 

Albrecht Dürer’s circa 1496-97 woodcut Samson Fighting with the Lion, brought $21,250, and Lucas Cranach’s 1508 woodcut The Judgment of Paris, found success at $20,000.

 
 

Modern European Artists

 
Paul Klee, Der Held mit dem Flügel—Inv. 2, etching of a mythical creature, 1905
Paul Klee, Der Held mit dem Flügel—Inv. 2, etching, 1905. Sold for $75,000.

Modern European stalwarts featured Paul Klee’s rare 1905 etching Der Held mit dem Flügel—Inv. 2. The work from his Inventionen series reached $75,000. Der Tod im Krankenzimmer an 1896 lithograph by Edvard Munch based on the artist’s same-titled 1895 painting sold for $43,750. René Magritte’s Ceci n’est pas une Pipe, etching 1962, exceeded its high estimate selling for $17,500.

 
Henri Matisse, Tête de jeune garçon, Masque, aquatint of a outline portrait of a woman, 1946.
Henri Matisse, Tête de jeune garçon, Masque, aquatint, 1946. Sold for $25,000.
 

Additional highlights included Henri Matisse’s 1946 aquatint Tête de jeune garçon, Masque ($25,000), and Pablo Picasso’s 1934 etching from the Vollard Suite Taureau ailé contemplé par Quatre Enfants ($22,500).  

 

Martin Lewis

 
Martin Lewis, Shadow Dance, drypoint & sand ground of a shadowy group of woman crossing a New York City street, 1930.
Martin Lewis, Shadow Dance, drypoint & sand ground, 1930. Sold for $42,500.
 

Among American printmakers Martin Lewis found success with two 1930 drypoints of New York City scenes: Shadow Dance ($42,500), and Spring Night, Greenwich Village ($18,750).

 
 

Browse the complete list of results from our October 29, 2019 sale of Old Master Through Modern Prints.

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