Four prints (Numbers, 1, 2, 3 & 5) from a set of 6 showing hunting scenes.
Inscription on each print: "Stephanus F. Cum. pri. Regis"
1. Bear hunting:Men with spears & hunting dogs attack a bear. A wolf is pushing rocks down, one landing on a dog. A bear runs away chased by dogs, and a bear climbs a tree.
Additional inscription : “Mariette le fils excud.”
2. Boar hunting: Men with spears attack a boar, and dogs surround & bite it. A hunter blows a horn, with other hunters, dogs and rabbits.
3. Wolf Hunting. A wolf is captured in a net, and huntsmen attack it.
5. Deer Hunting. A deer is attacked by dogs, and falls to the ground Hunters on horseback, and blowing horns.
Condition: Cut close to or within border. Age-related paper colouring. Minor damage mainly on some corners and near edges. (see photos)
Although the plates were made before 1556, these were very likely printed significantly later. Plate 1 was published by Pierre Mariette II, suggesting a date after 1660. The prints are on quite heavy paper also pointing to a later date.
Reference: Robert-Dumesnil 275, 276, 277 & 279
Étienne Delaune or Stephanus (c.1518 – 1583) was an important French sculptor, goldsmith and printmaker. He made numerous small high-quality prints.
Pierre Mariette II (1634 - 1716) was a major French publisher & print dealer.
- Étienne Delaune
- Title of artwork
- 4 Prints: Bear, Boar, Wolf & Deer Hunting scenes
- before 1566, but later impressions
- See description
- Sold with frame