“PARABLE OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD”. UNKNOWN STATE (but probably first/only). Conceptual Artist: Pieter Bruegel I. Engraver: Unknown (but probably G. de Jode). Publisher: Gerard de Jode (signature). Reference: Unknown. (but see Geheugen van Nederland, the Museum). Image cut to plate and pasted onto heavier laid paper, 1o.75″ x 7.5″; full margins 13″ x 10″. A clean and sharp impression, detailed, lightly “washed” to simulate antiquity (a normal process). Note: “wavy” paper on margins is not evident on the plate. Note: foxing to the margins does not appear on the plate. A fine example of Netherlandish engraving in its heyday, nicely detailed. The scene is from the story in John 10.
Engraving and COA set in a large museum-quality Bifold Portfolio (landscape) of linen cloth and silk moire, within archival sleeves; COA on premium “gold leaf” paper with gold seal and signature.