Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669)
Old Man with Beard, Fur Cap, and Velvet Cloak, c. 1632, second state of three, a 17th century impression (Bartsch/Hollstein, 262, ii/iii; Hind, 92). Monogrammed in the plate, collectors' stamps (see below) to the reverse. Etching on laid paper, plate size 5 7/8 x 5 1/8 in. (14.8 x 12.8 cm), framed.
Condition: Trimmed nearly to not within the plate mark, thin spots to sheet, pencil and ink annotations verso.
Provenance: An unidentified collector of early Dutch prints (Lugt, 2169) through to Mary Jane Sexton Morgan Collection (Lugt, 1879) No. 2104, March 15, 1886 sale, NYC, American Art Galleries, to the estate of Helene K. Sargeant, Wellesley, Massachusetts.
N.B. Mary Jane Sexton Morgan was a cousin of J. Pierpont Morgan by marriage. The sale of her extensive collections of prints, paintings, silver, and decorative arts was highly publicized, and according to a New York Times article published March 16th, 1886, the entire sale brought $1,205,090.42, an extraordinary sum for the sale of an art collection in the 19th century.
The impression has traces of burr, and is 17th century, probably a life time impression. The sheet has no watermarks. Please see the images for a better sense of the quality of the impression.
Further information on Mary Jane Sexton Morgan may be accessed at the Frick Library Archives Directory for the History of Collecting in America: http://research.frick.org/directoryweb/browserecord.php?-action=browse&-recid=7040