Étienne Delaune - 4 Prints: Bear, Boar, Wolf & Deer Hunting scenes

Description
Étienne Delaune - 4 Prints: Bear, Boar, Wolf & Deer Hunting scenes
Engraving - signed - before 1566, but later impressions

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.

Lot details
Artist
Étienne Delaune
Title of artwork
4 Prints: Bear, Boar, Wolf & Deer Hunting scenes
Year
before 1566, but later impressions
Technique
Engraving
Signature
signed
Condition
See description
Sold with frame
No
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