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  • Provenance

    Estate of Dr. and Mrs. David Elterman, Sherman Oaks, California
    Christie's London, December 5, 2000, lot 42

  • Literature

    Adam Bartsch 41, Joseph Meder 33, F.W.H Holstein 33

  • Catalogue Essay

    This paper is dated from 1506-1516 by Charles Briquet and has been found in fine impressions of this image.  In the best early impressions, the tree is engraved and printed strongly, there even remains some burr on the diagonal lines in this impression so the tree takes on an animated dimension of its own and creates a dramatic pull towards the right of the sky.
    Fruits, and more specifically the pear, were used in religious paintings to symbolize reproduction and maternity.  Being sweet tasting, the pear represented the sentimentality and love between mother and child.
     
     
     
     
     

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Madonna with the Pear

1511
Engraving, on laid paper with Anchor in a Circle watermark (Meder watermark 171), with thread margins,
S. 6 3/8 x 4 1/4 in. (16.2 x 10.8 cm)
a crisp Meder a impression (printing strongly at the tree trunk as characteristic of the earliest impressions), in very good condition, unframed.

Estimate
$25,000 - 35,000 

Evening Editions

21 April 2011
New York