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Friday 28 December 2018

Stefano della Bella’s etching, “Two studies of heads”, c1646

Stefano della Bella (1610–1664)

“Two studies of heads” (descriptive title only), c1646, from the series of 47 plates (according to De Vesme/Massar citing Jombert), “Recueil de divers griffonemens et preuves deau forte”, published by Israël Henriet (c1590–1661) in Paris.
Etching on fine laid paper trimmed with thread margins near the platemark and backed on a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 7 x 7.9 cm
Inscribed on plate: (lower right corner) "Israel ex."

De Vesme/Massar 1971 442 (A de Vesme 1971, revised by Phyllis D.Massar, “Stefano della Bella”, New York)

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Two studies; to right, head of a child, facing front, and above to left, head and shoulders of a young woman looking down towards right.”

Condition: crisp and well-printed impression on fine laid paper in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, abrasions or stains—note however that there is the trace of pencil notations from verso that may be seen through the thin paper and the upper right corner is chipped/rounded). The sheet is trimmed close to the platemark and it is backed on a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this rare and exceptionally delicate etching, revealing Della Bella’s superb skill in rendering the softness of a child’s face with the lightest of touches, for AU$167 in total (currently US$117.97/EUR102.86/GBP92.97 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this sensitively etched sketch that is in near pristine condition, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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