The Slave Market

17th century

Nancy 1621 – 1691 Paris

The Slave Market (Le Marché d’Esclaves, also known as La Petite vue de Paris)

Black chalk, pen and brown ink.
15.5 x 20.8 cm
Inscribed in pen and brown ink: M.D.1 (recto)

ProvenanceIan Woodner, New York; His sale, Christies, London, 7th July, 1992, lot 51; to
James Faber, London

This preparatory drawing for the second state of the Collot’s important etching Le Marché d’Esclaves (Lieure 369). The design for the print can be dated 1619-1620, when Callot lived in Florence and worked for the Medici, but the plate was almost certainly made in Paris and possibly only published after the artist’s death. Silvestre deviated from Callot’s original design by alternating the background and shifting the scene from an Italian port city to Paris, including a recognizable view of the Pont Neuf over the Seine. The parts executed in black chalk, foremost in the foreground and middleground, are loosely corresponding with the first state of the etching, while the additions and alternations are more detailed and done with pen in brown ink. The second state of the etching, with the adjustments by Silvestre, was posthumously published by Collot’s publisher Israël Henriet
(1590-c.1661), the artist’s uncle and founder of the family dynasty.

The sheet belonged to the American collector Ian Woodner (1903-1990), certainly one of the most outstanding connoisseurs of old master drawings of the twentieth century.

Price: USD 15,500/ EURO 13,300

6 1/8 x 8 1/8 inches