Etchings by Rembrandt made more than £350,000 at Bonhams Prints and Multiples sale in London last week (14 July). All 31 prints by the artist in the sale found buyers.
Sixteen works from a distinguished Irish collection were sold for £250,250. They included The Three Trees, regarded as Rembrandt’s most consummate and acclaimed etching, which was bought for £65,000 and Self Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, one of the most splendid of the artist’s thirty-two self-portraits, which sold for £32,500.
Self Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, sold for £32,500
Abraham’s Sacrifice from the collection of Liuiba and Ernesto Wolf was sold for £13,750 and, from a different collection, a fine impression of Christ Healing the Sick known as ‘The Hundred Guilder Print’ made £22,500. The most ambitious and celebrated of Rembrandt’s religious compositions, depicting four episodes from St Matthew’s Gospel, this print was particularly sought after during the artist’s lifetime when impressions changed hands for 100 guilders, earning the work its nickname.
Bonhams Head of Prints, Rupert Worrall said, “Rembrandt’s etchings were enormously popular during his lifetime. They offered an opportunity to own a work by a famous artist at an affordable price and, of course, they still do.”