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Melchior Kussel (German, 1626-1683) after Johann Wilhelm Baur (German, 1607-1642), Plus

Venice Harbor / Arabs Fighting in Battle / King Solomon 
engravings on laid paper (3) 
signed l.r. within plate 
marked IWBaur inv. l.l. and Cum Privilegio S.C.M. l.c. within plate
unframed 
17th century 
8.5 x 5.75 in. (each plate) 
 
Includes an engraving adhered to the other side of the backing on Venice: Hunting Scene by Matthäus I Merian (Swiss, 1593-1650), engraving on laid paper, signed l.r. within plate; 8.25 x 3.5 in. (plate). 
 
From The Old Master Print Collection of Johann Petz (Germany, 1818-1880), Descended in the Family of the Artist
 
Petz was born at Lermoos, Tyrol, in 1818 and showed an early interest in wood carving and drawing. Petz worked as a shepherd for his family as a boy, but fled as a young man to a distant relative in Wildermiemingen  to pursue the study of sculpture and drawing, which he did for three and a half years. In 1837, he decided to further his studies in Munich, and by chance he came into contact with the sculptor Konrad Eberhard (German, 1768-1859). Eberhard recognized Petz’s talent and took the young man on as a pupil, and several years later, secured for him a commission for the memorial statue for the famous German scholar Heinrich Klee (1800-1840). Petz’s design outlined a Gothic niche surmounted by a pinnacles and finials, which would house a sandstone sculpture of the Good Shepherd. This marked the beginning of the young artist’s career and established his reputation in Munich.
 
Petz was influenced by Nazarene and Neo-Gothic movements in Bavaria, otherwise known as the Pre-Raphaelite movement in England. Petz would also go on to receive commissions for churches, altars, and tombstones in England and the United States, and was highly sought after as a sculptor and church designer. Several locations for which he designed churches and their decorations are Cham, Arnschwang, Seeon, Vilsbiburg, Isen, and Riedering. Most notably, he contributed the design for a sculpture of the Last Supper for the Frauenkirche in Munich in 1859, which was regrettably lost in air raids during World War II.  During his career Petz also worked with Joseph Otto Entres (Germany, 1804-1870) and Joseph Knabl (Germany, 1819-1881).

Provenance:The Old Master Print Collection of Johann Petz (Germany, 1818-1880)

Condition:

Venice: Fading, some white mold present especially on left side, and adhered to backing. 

Battle: Fading, some white mold near center, foxing near u.l., ink stain near u.r., and adhered to backing. 
Solomon: Adhered to backing, fading, discoloration, and some grime. 
Hunting: Fading, white mold across center, discoloration, light grime, and adhered to backing. 
 
For condition inquiries please contact cleveland@cowans.com. 
 
Please note that a condition report is only an opinion, given as a courtesy, and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Cowan's Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Estimate: $100 - $200
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$60
09/17/2016

 

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