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Vase with Helios or Phaeton on the Chariot of the Sun

Artist and publisher:
Originally by René Boyvin (French, Angers ca. 1525–ca. 1625 Angers (?))
Designer:
Rosso Fiorentino (Italian, Florence 1494–1540 Fontainebleau)
Publisher:
Frederick de Wit (Dutch, 1629/30–1706)
Publisher:
Previously published by Claes Jansz. Visscher (Dutch, Amsterdam 1586–1652 Amsterdam)
Date:
ca. 1670–90
Medium:
Engravings: third state
Dimensions:
Sheet: 7 3/8 x 4 3/8 in. (18.8 x 11.1 cm) [trimmed]
Classifications:
Prints, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1951
Accession Number:
51.510.778
Not on view
Depiction of a vase or ewer. The vase is abundantly decorated with motifs from the Fontainebleau School. Within a strapwork frame in the middle a male god, either Helios or Phaeton is depicted riding the Chariot of the sun. The print is part of a series of 12 vases said to be designed by Rosso Fiorentino and Polidoro da Caravaggio and initially engraved and published by René Boyvin. The current series was first published by Claes Jansz. Visscher in the early seventeenth century and subsequently also by Frederik de Wit.
Inscription: '8'

Marking: Watermark: Fool's head with a pointed collar combined with a 4 on top of 3 circles
SKB 1939, 1018 (Visscher); Jessen 736; Collijn 125 III; R-D VIII. 69, 135-146 (Boyvin); Levron 255-266 (Boyvin)
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