Lot 95: MATTHÄUS MERIAN Anthropomorphic Landscape.

Swann Auction Galleries

November 3, 2016
New York, NY, US

More About this Item


Description: MATTHÄUS MERIAN
Anthropomorphic Landscape.

Engraving, circa 1625. 110x168 mm; 4 3/8x6 3/4 inches. Trimmed on or just inside the plate mark. A very good impression of this extremely scarce landscape engraving, which viewed closely takes on the appearance of a man''s head seen horizontally in profile.

Anthropomorphic landscapes, combining human features artfully disguised in landscape views, such as the man''s head in profile looking upwards in this work, were popular during the early 1600s. It has been suggested that these anthropomorphic landscapes began appearing, not coincidentally, just as landscapes as subjects were becoming more popular and accepted in western art, during the transition from landscapes with the obligitory Biblical, historical or genre scenes to "pure" landscapes devoid of human presence. The playfully creative side of these anthropomorphic landscapes also owes a great deal to the paintings of Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526 or 27-1593) the Italian artist and court portraitist to the Holy Roman emperors Ferdinand I, Maximilian II and Rudolf II, whose images of imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish and books were wildly popular during the late 1500s.

Matthäus Merian, the Elder (1593-1650), was a Swiss-born engraver and publisher from basel who spent most of his career in Frankfurt, then one of the major publishing centers of Europe. Hollstein 405.
Request more information
Accepted forms of payment: Money Order / Cashiers Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer
Shipping: Upon request, Swann will facilitate the shipping of purchases to out-of-town buyers at an additional charge for packing, shipping and insurance, but will not be responsible for any loss, damage or delay resulting from the packing, handling and shipping thereof. Unless specific instructions are received, Swann is the sole judge of the method to be used for shipment. Packing and shipping costs will be noted on the invoice mailed to successful bidders after the sale, and are based on the actual costs involved. Be advised that a full commercial invoice must accompany any purchase shipped outside the US.
Buyer's Premium
$0 - 100,000: 30.0%
$100,001 - 1,000,000: 25.0%
$1,000,001+: 17.0%
From: To: Increment:
$0 $149 $10
$150 $499 $25
$500 $999 $50
$1,000 $1,999 $100
$2,000 $5,999 $200
$6,000 $9,999 $500
$10,000 $19,999 $1,000
$20,000 $49,999 $2,000
$50,000 $99,999 $5,000
$100,000 $199,999 $10,000
$200,000 $499,999 $20,000
$500,000+ $50,000
Payment Information: Payment must be made by cash, check, certified check or money order. Purchases paid using personal checks may be held until payment has cleared. Swann does not accept credit cards or PayPal for purchases. Non-US purchasers must pay using a US-dollar denominated check drawn on a US bank, or by international money order or bank transfer.
Shipping Information: Upon request, Swann will facilitate the shipping of purchases to out-of-town buyers at an additional charge for packing, shipping and insurance, but will not be responsible for any loss, damage or delay resulting from the packing, handling and shipping thereof. Unless specific instructions are received, Swann is the sole judge of the method to be used for shipment. Packing and shipping costs will be noted on the invoice mailed to successful bidders after the sale, and are based on the actual costs involved. Be advised that a full commercial invoice must accompany any purchase shipped outside the US.
Buyer's Premium: Buyer's Premium is 25% of the hammer price up to and including $100,000; 20% of the portion of the hammer price above $100,000 up to and including $1,000,000; and 12% of the portion of the hammer price above $1,000,000.
Taxes on your purchase: SALES TAX. All items purchased are subject to payment of the New York City and State sales tax of 8.875% on the total purchase price (final bid plus the Buyer's Premium as defined in paragraph 7 of the Conditions of Sale) unless the purchaser presents proof of exemption therefrom. An exempt purchaser must provide a properly completed New York State Resale Certificate (Form ST-120) evidencing possession of a valid New York State Resale or, for non-New York State businesses, the equivalent resale authorization from another locale. Purchases will not be released unless all sales tax requirements are satisfied. Purchases shipped outside of New York State are not subject to sales tax.
Condition Statement: Available upon request.
View full terms and conditions