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4. The Drawing Book of Reyer Claesz. - Erik P. Löffler

The Drawing Book of Reyer Claesz.,

Merchant of Danzig*

Erik P. Löffler

 

A Dutch private collection contains an unpublished book of drawings of the first half of the 17th century. It consists of 100 alternately white and blue sheets measuring about 43 by 28 centimeters each.1 Printed off-centre on the front cover of the leather binding is the following text: KONST BOECK VOOR / REYER CLAESSOON [i].2

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Reyer  Claesz. (merchant)   and studio of Rombout Uylenburgh   and Jacob Adriaensz. Backer   andMaster of the Van Eeghen Drawing Book   , Drawing book from the first half of the 17th century; size of the binding: c. 435 x 285 mm; on front cover: KONST BOECK VOOR / REYER CLAESSOON; content: 100 sheets of 425 x 278 mm. = 50 fol., folded once, in 25 quires of 2 sheets, of which each inner one is washed with blue at both sides; watermark: crosier in crowned shield., c. 1600-1635

Reyer  Claesz. (merchant)   and studio of Rombout Uylenburgh   and Jacob Adriaensz. Backer   andMaster of the Van Eeghen Drawing Book  
Drawing book from the first half of the 17th century; size of the binding: c. 435 x 285 mm; on front cover: KONST BOECK VOOR / REYER CLAESSOON; content: 100 sheets of 425 x 278 mm. = 50 fol., folded once, in 25 quires of 2 sheets, of which each inner one is washed with blue at both sides; watermark: crosier in crowned shield. c. 1600-1635
paper, 43,5 x 28,5 cm
Private collection



 *With thanks to Edwin Buijsen, Hein Horn, Patrick Larsen, Rieke van Leeuwen, Robert Schillemans, Tico Seifert, Jacek Tylicki and Rens Top for their corrections and advice.



[1]

The book is composed of 25 gatherings of two singly folded folio sheets each, with the inner sheet ever washed in blue on both sides. The watermark, a crosier in a crowned escutcheon, hails from the Swiss city of Basel, where much North-European paper originated at that time.

[2]

In September 2013 Rens Top, curator of the Bindings Collection of the Royal Library in The Hague confirmed on the basis of a photograph that the binding dates from the same period. The spine, composed of six ribs, is blank. According to Thieme/Becker (1940) a document in the municipal archive in Cracow states that he visited the Netherlands in or before 1628. This is not mentioned in later publications about the artists and needs checking.

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