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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Stefano della Bella’s etching, “Ornament with bubble blowing putti”, c.1648


Stefano della Bella (1610–1664)

“Ornament with bubble blowing putti” (Rijksmuseum title), c.1648 (BM’s attribution of dates), from the series of twelve plates (including the title plate that I listed previously), “Ornamenti o grottesche” (Ornaments and grotesques), published 1650–56.

Etching on fine laid paper trimmed along the plate-mark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 16.6 x 6.5 cm
Inscribed with artist’s monogram on plate: (lower right corner) “SDB”.

De Vesme/Massar 1971 1008 (A de Vesme, revised by Phyllis D Massar 1971, “Stefano della Bella, New York”, p. 155, cat.nr. 1008); Jombert (Della Bella) 179 (Charles Antoine.Jombert 1772, “Essai d'un catalogue de l'oeuvre d'Etienne de la Belle, peintre et graveur florentin”, Paris, p. 173, cat.nr. 179); Orn Cat II 691 (Peter Fuhring; transl. from the Dutch by Jennifer Kilian and Katy Kist 2004, “Ornament prints in the Rijksmuseum II : the seventeenth century”, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Sound and Vision, dl. 1, p. 144, cat.nr. 691).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Ornament panel with two putti blowing bubbles, a bat with its wings spread and a festoon of foliage below.”
See also the description of this print at the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Condition: crisp impression in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, folds, holes, stains, foxing or signs of use), trimmed along the plate-mark and backed with a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this rare ornamental masterpiece by Della Bella for AU$220 (currently US$156.73/EUR137.91/GBP121.35 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 panel from the early 1600s, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold










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