Description

    Attributed to GEORG SCHARFFENBERG (German, circa 1530-1607)
    Samson and the Lion, circa 1570
    Woodcut on paper
    7-3/4 x 5-3/4 inches (19.7 x 14.6 cm)
    Engraver's monogram lower right: C or G. S. with a knife

    FROM THE ESTATE OF DR. EDMUND P. PILLSBURY

    PROVENANCE:
    Possibly the collection of H. C. Valkema Blouw;
    Rijks Prentenkabinet, Amsterdam, probably gift from the above (bears collection stamp in bistre verso: D / RPK ) (Lugt no. 789);
    Sold Frederik Muller & Cie., Amsterdam, 2-4 March, 1954, as a Rijks Prentenkabinet duplicate (hence the D with which the works were stamped when they were sold).n.b. The Rijks Prentenkabinett sold duplicates from its collection, many of them originating in the Valkema Blouw collection and gifted to the RPK, at this auction.

    This woodcut is stylistically indebted to earlier treatments of the same subject by German printmakers Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) in circa 1496, and notably, Hans Burgkmair the Elder (1473-1531) in 1515. A faint pencil inscription on verso appears to read Scheech.


    Condition Report*:

    Matted Dimensions 22 X 16 Inches. Hinged onto backing board on left side of sheet.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2012
    7th Tuesday
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