Rembrandt prints perform well at Swann Galleries’ Oct. 31 prints auction

Many of the top lots in Swann Galleries’ Oct. 31 auction of Important Old Master Prints; and Old Master Through Modern Prints were by Rembrandt van Rijn, including the sale’s highest selling item, Jupiter and Antiope: The Larger Plate, etching and drypoint, 1659, which sold for $78,000. All prices include 20 percent buyer’s premium.

Among the many other works by the Dutch master were The Descent from the Cross: Second Plate, etching and engraving, 1633, $60,000; Self Portrait with Saskia, etching, 1636, $18,000; a portrait of Cornelis Claesz Anslo, Preacher, etching and drypoint, 1641, $33,600; and Canal with an Angler and Two Swans, etching, 1650, which brought a record price of $15,600.

Also setting an auction record was Mary Cassatt’s Kneeling in an Armchair, drypoint, circa 1903, from the 19th Century Prints section, which sold for $19,200. Other highlights from that section were Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s La Danse à la Campagne, 2e planche, soft-ground etching, 1890, $16,800, and Maternité, grande planche, lithograph, circa 1912, $14,400; James Ensor’s Les mauvais Médecins, etching, 1895, $9,600; and the James A.M. Whistler lithographs Nude Model, Reclining, 1893, $12,000, and The Duet, 1894, $22,800.

Two prints by American Impressionist Childe Hassam achieved record results: Polly Kane, etching, 1917, $16,800, and Marie at the Window, etching and drypoint, 1923, $20,400. Also among featured American works were Winslow Homer’s Eight Bells, etching on Japan paper, 1887, $48,000; Martin Lewis’s Relics (Speakeasy Corner), drypoint, 1928, $31,200; Howard Cook’s view of the Chrysler Building, wood engraving, 1930, $10,800; and Thomas Hart Benton’s Wreck of the Ol’ 97, lithograph, 1944, $9,600.

A diverse selection of Modern European prints featured Sybil Andrews’s linoleum cuts on Japan paper, Storm, 1935, $13,475, and Gipsies, 1939, $19,600; Henri Matisse’s Danseuse couchée, lithograph, 1925-26, $11,400, and Enterrement de Pierrot, color pochoir from the Jazz portfolio, 1947, $14,400; Joan Miró’s Escalade vers la Lune, color etching and aquatint, 1969, $10,800; and M.C. Escher’s mind-bending Waterfall, lithograph, 1961, $28,800.

For complete auction results, a two-volume illustrated catalog with prices realized can be purchased for $40 in the U.S. ($50 elsewhere) from Swann Auction Galleries, 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or viewed online at

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