A Dutch 17th century etching of a standing horse near a humble abode, 6 3/4" by 7 3/4" (14" by 15 1/2" in 20th century appropriate black frame), unsigned, and with no initials or other indication as to authorship. The work bears old pencil notations on the reverse side of the mat; there appear to be names of potential artists that were pondered by a previous observer in my position (including, it appears, question marks to himself). The names appear to be "Karl des Jardin", "Dirk Stoop", "Potter", "Ruytenbach" and "Desjardins". Indeed, some of these names would be of artists who could have likely created this etching: Paulus Potter (1625-1654); Dirk Stoop (1610-1686); Adriaen van de Velde (1636-1672); Eise Ruytenbach (1656-1692) and Jan van Aken (1614-1661) all created similar works or painted similar subject matter in a similar style. This print is trimmed into the image at right, but otherwise has small margins. It is lightly affixed to mat at corners. There are some brownish discolorations but it is fair to say that the photographs unfairly exaggerate them.
Old master 17th century Dutch etching of horse