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Two Shields Supported by an Oriental
diameter 76 mm (3 inches)
Bartsch 101; Lehrs and Hollstein 100
Gilhofer & Ranschburg, Lucerne, Katalog 11, Lucerne, n.d., no. 231, described as "superb early impression in perfect condition with small margins"
Carl and Rose Hirschler, née Dreyfus, Haarlem (Lugt 633a), acquired in March 1928; thence by descent
B.L.D. Ihle/J.C. Ebbinge Wubben, Prentkunst van Martin Schongauer, Albrecht Dürer, Israhel van Meckenem. Uit eene particuliere verzameling, exhibition Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam, 1955, catalogue no. 5d
Das Löwenwappen mit dem Hahn – Coat of Arms with a Lion and a Cock ca. 1502–3
engraving, 185 x 118 mm (7 5/16 x 4 5/8 inches)
Bartsch 100; Meder 97 a? (of g); Schoch/Mende/Scherbaum 35
Thomas Miller Whitehead, London (Lugt 2449)
Sir Philip Burne-Jones (acc. to a pencil inscription verso)
P. & D. Colnaghi & Co, London (their stock no. in pencil verso C23536)
The heraldic symbols in this coat of arms are not associated with any specific aristocratic family; indeed, the elevation of the rooster, a common barnyard bird, perched commandingly with outspread wings at the top of the sheet, well above the stylized lion trapped on its heraldic shield, might be seen as a very conscious subversion of aristocratic pretentions. Such freely invented coats of arms reflect the increasingly widespread adoption of aristocratic imagery by the emerging middle classes, including artisans, from the late Middle Ages. (In 1523 Dürer even created his own woodcut coat of arms.) In Coat of Arms with Lion and Rooster, the artist deploys the motifs in a fantasy piece that allows him to play with a wide range of textures and ornamental forms. The lavish foliate scrollwork twisting behind the shield, with elaborate shading creating almost three-dimensional effects, reminds us that the artist originally trained as a goldsmith, the craft in which the tradition of pure ornamental engraving on metal is thought to have originated.
Coat of Arms with a Cock 1543
engraving; 72 x 51 mm
Bartsch 256; Pauli and Hollstein 267 second (final) state
Dr. Erich von Rath, Bonn (Lugt 2721)
Albert W. Blum, Short Hills, NJ (Lugt 79b);
his sale Sotheby's, New York, February 27, 1988, lot 1191
A fine and rich impression in very good condition.
Le Vieux Coq - The Old Rooster 1882
etching on Japan paper; 346 x 270 mm
signed at lower right in pen and ink and annotated in pencil in the lower right corner of the plate No 5
Béraldi 222 first state of five
Francis Seymour Haden, London and Bramdean near Alresford (his paraphe in pencil, Lugt 3938)
A fine impression of the rare first state. According to Beraldi only only eight impressions were pulled from the plate in this state. The later states show significantly more work: the foreground and the rye field in the background get filled in; signature and date get added. Beraldi describes the Vieux Coq as one of the major prints of the artist's oeuvre.