Current Inventory by Hans Sebald Beham

Coat of Arms With an Eagle

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  Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550), Coat of Arms With an Eagle, engraving, 1543. References: Bartsch 257, Pauli 268, only state. In generally good condition, with narrow margins, two repaired tears lower center, soiling. Provenance: L. Freiherr von Biegeleben (Lugt 385) E. Schultze (Lugt 906) Albert W. Blum (Lugt 79b), his sale Sotheby’s New York, 2/’88, lot 1189) A rubbed impression, and so details not clear.

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Coat of Arms With A Cock

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Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550), Coat of Arms with a Cock, engraving, 1543. References: Bartsch 256, Pauli 267, second state (of 2) [signed and dated in the plate]. On laid paper with no watermark. In very good condition (usual slim margins, some soiling in margins), 69 x 47 mm, sheet 72 x 51 mm. Provenance: Dr. Erich von Rath (Lugt 2721) Albert W. Blum (Lugt 79b), his sale Sotheby’s, New York, 2/1988, lot 1191 A fine rich impression.    

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The Little Buffoon

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Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550), The Little Buffoon, engraving, 1642. References: Bartsch 230, Pauli 234, first state (of 2). In very good condition apart two minor thin spots lower right and an unobtrusive vertical crease, mainly visible verso, trimmed to the platemark, 45 x 81 mm. A fine, rich impression of the first state. Provenance: Heinrich Stiebel (Lugt 1367) W. Meyer (L. 1813) Albert W. Blum (L. 79b); his sale Sotheby’s, New York, Feb. 27, 1988. lot 1190 The inscription reads: ON DIR HAB ICH GERISEN DAS ICH MICH HAB BESCHISEN (I have written on you that I have beshit myself). […]

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A Mask Held by Two Genii (Second State)

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Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550), A Mask Held by Two Genii, 1544, engraving, Bartsch 228, Pauli, Hollstein 232, second state of two,[initialed and dated in the plate], in very good condition, trimmed on or possibly just into the platemark but outside of the borderline (on the borderline at left), some ink drawing verso not visible recto, archival mounting. 1 15/16 x 2 7/8 inches. A fine black evenly printed and clear impression. In this second state lines have been added to the right hand of the genius at the left. Provenance: Dr. Karl Herweg, with his stamp verso (not in Lugt). Beham […]

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Two Fools – The Folly of Love

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Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550), an engraving after Beham’s Two Fools (or Fool and Foolish Woman), engraving, c 1540, a copy or impression in reverse of Pauli 215, Bartsch 213, the copy after the first state. In excellent condition, trimmed on or just outside or inside the plate mark, on old laid paper, numerous notes in pencil verso, 1 15/16 x 2 1/16 inches. A brilliant impression of this famous image, after the Beham composition. The subject matter for this print was addressed by numerous artists in the 15th and 16th centuries.  In this rendering the allusions refer to the folly […]

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Virgin and Child with the Pear

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Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550), Virgin and Child with the Pear, engraving, 1520. Initials monogram and date in the plate. References: Bartsch 18, Pauli, Hollstein 19. First state (of two). In good condition, on old laid paper with thread margins on three sides, trimmed on the platemark bottom right and bottom, and archival mounting.  h: 4.5 x w: 3 in / h: 11.4 x w: 7.6 cm A very good impression of this rarity. Hollstein indicates that earlier impressions, such as this one, do not have a scratch above the head of the Virgin. Beham was one of the Northern Renaissance […]

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The Seven Planets

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Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550), The Seven Planets, engravings, the set of 7, c. 1540. Reference: Bartsch Appendix 5, 11-17; Pauli 1364-70. In generally good condition, with thread margins or outside of borderlines except Mercury trimmed within borderline at top and sides, Jupiter trimmed within borderline at right, Sun slight paper loss upper right, other minor defects, slight scattered foxing; each print about 75 x 50 mm, 3 x 2 inches, matted. Very good to fine impressions of this rarely encountered complete set. Provenance: Furst du Furstenberg (Lugt 995, his stamp verso each print). The Seven Planets includes: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, […]

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Triumph of the Noble Victorious Women

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Hans Sebald Beham (1500-50), Triumph of the Noble Victorious Women, engraving, 1549 [with inscription, initials and date in the plate]. References: Pauli 244, Bartsch 143, second state (of 3). In good condition, trimmed on or just on either side of the platemark outside of the image. The inscription across the top reads: Trivmpf der edelen sighaften weiber (Triumph of the Noble Victorious Women).  20 x 135 mm, 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches. Archival matting. Provenance: ex Collection: Dr. Herweg (stamp verso, not in Lugt); ex Collection F. Quiring (Lugt 1041c, stamp verso). A very good impression of this great rarity. This is a […]

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Vertical Ornament with Fantastic Male Figure

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Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550), engraving, c. 1540, [with initials in the plate]. Reference: Bartsch 244, Pauli 253, only state. In generally good condition, with slight abrasions, soft rust marks, trimmed on or just into the plate mark but outside of image. 15/16 x 5 1/8 inches, archival mounting. Provenance: ex Collection Dr. Herweg (stamp verso, not in Lugt); P. Davidsohn (Lugt 654). This impression is mentioned in the Hollstein catalogue raisonne. A very good impression of this great rarity. Sebald Beham, like the other illustrious German Little Masters of the Northern Renaissance including his brother Barthel, Heinrich Aldegrever, Albrecht Altdorfer, Georg Pencz […]

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Ornament with Armor and Two Genii

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Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550), Ornament with Armor and Two Genii, engraving, 1544. [signed and dated in the plate lower right]. Reference: Hollstein 231, Pauli 231, first state (of 2). In excellent condition, trimmed just outside of the borderline. 7/8 x 1 1/8 inches, archival matting. A superb impression of this rare first state. Provenance: Unknown Collector (Lugt 2368b, with mark verso) The first state is before the strong third hatching line in the background. Beham was one of the Northern Renaissance Little Masters, so called because of their eminence in producing small-scale engravings such as Ornament with Armor and Two Genii. Beham was born […]

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Panel with a Mascaron

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Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550), Panel with a Mascaron, engraving, 1543 [with the initials monogram and date in the plate]. Reference: Bartsch 231, Hollstein 235. Second state (of 2). In very good condition, with thread margins, on a laid paper; 1 15/16 x 3 1/8 inches. Provenance: H. Steibel (Lugt 1367); unidentified collector (Lugt 23686) (both collector’s stamps verso). A fine strong impression of this famous image; clearly an early impression of this state. The composition was completed in the first state, but there were still some white spots in the background; these were filled in by dots in the second […]

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