Marcus Gheeraerts (1520-1590) - The boar and the donkey - Early proof state without text

Description
Marcus Gheeraerts (1520-1590) - The boar and the donkey - Early proof state without text
Etching - Not signed - 1567

Wildt vercken ende ezele
'The boar and the donkey'; a boar at right and a donkey at left facing each other; in the background there is a ruin
Etching

Let me point out fist that this is a rare print, and probably another version then the one used for the series published with text. The one in the British museum is inferior and in revers (Museum number 1868,0612.132)

This is the original designed and engraved by Marcus Gheeraerts.
It is from an early proof state with no text on the backside, aside from an early edition in Bruges for Edwaert de Dene's: "De Warachtighe Fabulen der Dieren" from 1567.

Reference: Hollstein 1-108

This etching is early and came with some others from the first edition printed in 1567 that could be identified and dated based on the Dutch letterpress on the their backside. A French edition dates from 1578. Later editions were published in the 17th and even 18th century (Vondel's Vorstelijke Warande der Dieren)

This one here is a proof from the early editions.

Quaranteed original etching by Marcus Gheeraerts himself
Small corrections at top right margin.

Lit.: M. P.J. Martens (ed.), 'Bruges et la Renaissance: de Memling a Pourbus', exh.cat Memlingmuseum Bruges, 1998, no.156; J. van der Auwera et al., 'Jordaens and the Antique', exh.cat. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts Brussels and Museumslandschaft Kassel, Brussels, 2012, pp.144-145.

Lot details
Artist
Marcus Gheeraerts (1520-1590)
Title of artwork
The boar and the donkey - Early proof state without text
Year
1567
Technique
Etching
Signature
Not signed
Condition
In good condition
Sold with frame
No
Image size
88×110 mm
Total dimensions
89×111×1 mm
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